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What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is meditative practice of self-inquiry derived from ancient yoga teachings meaning yogic sleep. Despite the name, the practitioner maintains full consciousness while sinking into a deep state of relaxation to a near sleep-like state. As the practitioner rests in a comfortable position, they are guided on a journey through their body & mind by bringing awareness to each part of the body while exploring the physical sensations and emotions. 

Components of Yoga Nidra

  • body-sensing
  • breath awareness
  • guided imagery
  • meditation
  • relaxation
  • self inquiry

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra?

reduced symptoms of:
reduces:
  • emotional reactivity
  • negative emotions: anger, fear, rage, worry
  • ruminations 
  • stress
  • tension (muscular, emotional & mental)
improves:
increases
  • acceptance of life’s changes & challenges
  • alpha & theta waves
  • feelings of relaxation & peace
  • mindfulness

How can I practice Yoga Nidra?

While the body of scientific evidence evolves, the best way to understand Yoga Nidra is to practice and experience the benefits for yourself.

Proceed with caution: 

Individuals with unstable conditions: bipolar disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders and somatization disorders should avoid this practice. Individuals with severe anxiety &/or panic attacks should practice with caution under medical supervision

Resources

Books

While there is growing body of research studying the clinical benefits of Yoga Nidra, research is limited. Most studies involve a small number of participants, lack a control arm, are un-blinded, etc.

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