What is Yoga Nidra & how can it benefit me?
Yoga Nidra is a type of meditation that involves a deep state of relaxation while maintaining full consciousness. It is also known as yogic or psychic sleep. The practice of Yoga Nidra aims to help individuals achieve a state of physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
During a typical Yoga Nidra practice, participants lay down in a comfortable position and follow a guided meditation that involves focusing on the breath, body awareness, visualisation, and other techniques. This is to relax both the mind and body.
The practice is said to help reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as enhance overall well-being and clarity of mind. It is a popular technique in many yoga traditions and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their level of experience.
Yoga Nidra can help reduce stress in several ways:
Relaxation response: The practice of Yoga Nidra induces a state of deep relaxation that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the relaxation response. This response helps to reduce the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which are associated with the body’s “fight or flight” response.
Increased self-awareness: During the practice of Yoga Nidra, individuals are guided to bring their awareness to different parts of the body, as well as to their thoughts and emotions. This increased self-awareness can help individuals identify and release sources of tension and stress that they may not have been aware of before.
Improved sleep: Regular practice of Yoga Nidra has been shown to improve the quality and duration of sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for the body’s ability to handle stress and can help reduce stress levels.
Reduced anxiety: The relaxation induced by Yoga Nidra can also help reduce symptoms of anxiety. The practice helps individuals develop a sense of calm and inner peace, which can help them better manage the stresses of daily life.
How often should I practice?
The frequency of Yoga Nidra practice depends on your personal preference and schedule. Ideally, it is recommended to practice Yoga Nidra regularly, at least once or twice a week, to experience its full benefits. However, even practicing once a month can provide some benefits, such as stress reduction and relaxation.
If you are looking to establish a regular Yoga Nidra practice, it may be helpful to set aside a specific time and place for the practice. Consistency is key, so try to stick to a regular schedule that works for you. We have a regular online practice on a Thursday evening from 7:45 to 8:30pm, there’s a link below to book your FREE trial session. The perfect time to unwind in the comfort of your own home.
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It is also important to listen to your body and not push yourself beyond your limits. If you feel tired or overwhelmed, it may be beneficial to take a break from the practice and resume when you feel more rested and ready.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to find a practice schedule that works for you and to be consistent. Over time, regular practice of Yoga Nidra can help you develop greater relaxation skills, reduce stress levels, and promote overall well-being.
Our classes are both in person in Eastbourne or Hailsham, East Sussex but we also have the option for an online class, at a time perfect for relaxing you before sleep. If you’d like to give it try, please get in touch for a free session.
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