Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. A deep and healing reprieve, this guided meditation helps us access the place between wakefulness and sleep. Nidra allows us to heal the subconscious mind from past hurts, fears, and traumas, harmonizing the subconscious with the conscious, making everyday life easier, more fulfilling and rewarding. Yoga Nidra balances the nervous system and reduces stress through simple relaxation techniques while you settle back in a nest of props (or perhaps your bed or couch at home). Yoga Nidra’s can be of various lengths, with the typical offering at 30-minutes long. Most people fall in and out of sleep, but sometimes you will be awake and alert the whole time, or you fall fast asleep right away. Whatever happens is exactly right and the beauty of this quiet and gentle practice: it’s about restoring, letting things be as they are, and taking rest, finding solace within.
I myself do these regularly; when I need an afternoon pick me up, when I’m processing through some stuff and just can’t quite get to the root of the issue, or when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. A 30-minute Yoga Nidra is equal to 2-hours of sleep.
3 ways to get all the benefits of Yoga Nidra with me:
1. purchase 1 or 2 or all 4 of the Yoga Nidra’s I wrote and recorded. Available on iTunes or Amazon, here, receive an in-depth, 20-minute explanation of the when, where, why, and how of Yoga Nidra when you purchase the entire digital CD. Enjoy the benefits of this healing tool anytime, anywhere, and as your schedule allows from any device.
2. Attend my weekly Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga group class and get the added benefit of a Restorative Yoga practice. Restorative Yoga is simple yoga postures held for long periods of time with the gentle assist of a lot of props (learn more about the practice here). This class is an hour and 15-minute opportunity to balance our fast paced life, providing an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental stresses. I hold these in Redding, but I also offer these when I travel, so be on the look out and join me when you can: here.
3. Attend my annual spring Shiva/Shakti Hot Springs Retreat. Here we find solace, healing, rest, and fun in one of my most favorite places in all the world: Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort. Everyone gets their own private hot-tub filled with hot spring water from this valley floor, and we recharge and rebuild with vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, ecstatic dance, yoga nidra, restorative yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), with time for reflection, massage, adventure, fishing, hiking, hanging out with new and old friends, and soaking to your heart’s content absorbing all the healing benefits of the mineral enriched waters. This is a gift of divine pleasure that has far reaching effects not only for you, but for those you love and want to serve well: you can only give away what you yourself possess. This is recharge, this is strength, this is delight in a weekend away. Find the full details when they become available here .
Have you done Yoga Nidra before? Has it been beneficial for you? Let me know, in person, or below.
Namaste my friend.