Why to Try Yoga Nidra

Learn more about Yoga Nidra and how you can use this simple process to meditate and relax more effectively.

Have you tried to meditate and struggled? As humans, our minds are naturally active and tend to wander, which can be very apparent during meditation practice. And that’s okay. There are many different types of meditation practices, and depending on your intentions, some may be a better fit than others, and almost always, meditation practice just takes time in order to realize the benefits.

One of our favorite meditative practices at Namaste is Yoga Nidra, the art of conscious sleep and relaxation. It’s a wonderful way to ease into a meditative, relaxed state if you’ve ever struggled calming and quieting the mind. Yoga Nidra Meditation helps release tension and stress, bringing the brain into a theta state which supports deep mental, emotional, spiritual and physical healing.

Yoga Journal puts it nicely stating, “Yoga nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that's becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation that typically is done for 35 to 40 minutes at a time.”

We love the phrase “mind-body therapy.” You’ll be relaxing not one or the other, but both in tandem - something we all need.

Yoga Nidra a deceptively simple process. You begin by lying down on a yoga mat with a pillow behind your head. You don’t have to worry about holding a specific yoga pose or sitting in an upright, cross-legged position - you just have to relax the body. During a typical session, the practitioner is guided through a meditation where you migrate the focus to different parts of the body and release held tension step by step, part by part.

Yoga Nidra is a deeply powerful self care practice to start or end your day - or as a midday reboot, decompression treat. Decide when to have this experience and book your appointment. Make time for rest, its the other half of all the “doing”.

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