5 Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Nidra means sleep in Sanskrit. So, Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a truly wonderful practice. A very powerful meditation technique. It is incredibly beneficial for the body, mind and soul of the practitioner. As well as this, it is a super easy practice to do.
To practice Yoga Nidra, the practitioner simply lies in Savasana (corpse pose), or if this is not possible sits comfortably with support. Then either with a guide or a recording Yoga Nidra begins. The general Yoga Nidra system takes the practitioner through a sensing journey often scanning the body, then experiencing opposite sensations, there is an intention set as if it has been realized and then some kind of a journey will begin before the practitioner is brought back to wakefulness and their original intention is embedded.
The Yoga Nidra system of meditation will guide the practitioner deeply within themselves. Dropping through each level of the energetical body or Koshas, the practitioner will indeed be somewhere between sleep and awareness. Being in this state brings so many benefits….
- 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is said to be more restorative than 2-3 hours’ sleep.
Yoga Nidra promotes a deep relaxation state for the practitioner. It is common for the practitioner to fall asleep in the beginning, but, with practice it becomes easier to remain conscious.
Even if you fall asleep it does not matter the benefits will still be felt. However when you master this technique the benefits are immense.
The effects of this technique are immediate and if you find yourself needing a nap midafternoon try taking a 20-30 minute Yoga Nidra and watch how refreshed you become. You might avoid that groggy wake up, feeling instead revitalized and ready to go.
- Anyone can practice Yoga Nidra
Anyone can practice Yoga Nidra, young and old alike. All you need to practice is yourself and something to lie on. If you can’t lie down on the floor, use a chair or lie on the bed. Then either go to a class or listen to a recording on your phone or computer.
- May help calm anxiety or depression
There are many studies into the scientific effects of Yoga Nidra, its effective use to help relieve troubles of the mind and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. What we can say for sure is that Yoga Nidra helps calm and relax the mind, calm the nervous system and in general relax the body deeply. These effects can be incredibly beneficial to those who suffer with anxiety and depression symptoms.
“Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep. In this lies the secret of self-healing. Yoga Nidra is a pratyahara technique in which the distractions of the mind are contained and the mind is relaxed.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
- Yoga Nidra is easy to incorporate into your daily routine
Yoga Nidra is such an easy practice which requires no props or equipment. Just you and a device to listen to the Yoga Nidra guide on. It can take as little as 20 minutes so there is no real time issue. Lastly, the whole of your time will be spent recieveing the benefits of Yoga Nidra. Rather than sitting contemplating meditation, while your mind is running wild and creating mental tension.
- Yoga Nidra can improve sleep quality
Yoga Nidra is a total relaxation form and as the practitioner releases deeply rooted stress and relaxes the body physically, mentally and emotionally. Releasing old physical knots as well as energetical ones. The quality of sleep will also improve. Many find that those nights where the mind is overloaded and unable to relax into sleep are reduced and even totally finished.
So, now you know what a Yoga Nidra practice looks like. What it might feel like and even how easy it is. There is no way to do it wrong. Only a world of relaxation and benefits to explore. Give it a try and see for yourself.
On yoga teacher training with Mahi yoga we present our students with the gift of yoga Nidra.
Also keep a look out for a free recording of Yoga Nidra to be uploaded to our website soon.