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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

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Yoga Nidra is a beautiful meditation practice that induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.  In order to relax completely, the inner tensions of the body, mind and emotions must be released.  The practice of Yoga Nidra is the scientific method of removing these tensions.


Yoga Nidra means in Sanskrit union or awareness, and sleep.  Therefore, Yoga Nidra is often referred to as deep relaxation with inner awareness, or a state of dynamic sleep.


In Yoga Nidra one learns to induce their own state of relaxation by following the instructions of the instructor.  You will be guided through various breathing techniques, intention setting, body part focuses and visualizations to help you enter the deepest possible state of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.  The instructor is only a guide. In Yoga Nidra the important thing is to expose yourself to the instructions of the teacher and to view any experiences that may arise during the practice with total awareness and detachment. 


Yoga Nidra works by activating our nervous system to engage in relaxation. It targets the memory and emotional center of the brain.  This may result in you being better able to control your emotions.


Yoga Nidra is a fabulous opportunity to nourish, refresh and restore in our world that seems filled with quick paced situations.  Yoga Nidra will leave you with a sense of deep calm, quiet and clarity.


Benefits of Yoga Nidra meditation practice:


  1. Yoga Nidra induces complete relaxation in the mind and body.  Many people claim that it is a lot more relaxing than sleep.  It has been said that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is similar to getting 2-4 hours of regular sleep!

  2. This practice can be used to sharpen the mind and alter our approach to life, thus helping in relieving stress, depression and anxiety.

  3. Many practitioners find the quality of their sleep improving drastically.

  4. Can help people cope and recover from trauma.

  5. Ignites creativity & spontaneity. 

  6. Increases confidence.

  7. Improves concentration and memory. The mind turns sharper at grasping information and learning becomes easier and quicker when practicing Yoga Nidra.

  8. Can help manage and cope with life changing diseases such as insomnia, hypertension, migraine, ulcers, digestive disorders, cancer and asthma.  (Read more HERE about Yoga Nidra and cancer.)  


One of the biggest benefits of Yoga Nidra is the power it gives you over your own mind. It is possible to influence your mind along a certain path using Yoga Nidra. By planting a seed into the subconscious and focusing on that thought or affirmation while in the meditation, people who are looking to change their ways of thinking, looking at new approaches, or simply looking to achieve certain goals, may find this practice beneficial.


Who is Yoga Nidra for and how long is the session?


Yoga Nidra is for everybody, regardless of age, fitness level or experience.  No experience is required. 


A Yoga Nidra session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.  Gentle movement is suggested prior to the start of Yoga Nidra. 


"Why “yogic sleep” class is bringing veterans and CEOs to the mat".

Boston Globe:  

"Yoga Nidra gaining credibility as stress reducing technique"

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