What Is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is gaining popularity due to its relaxing, rejuvenating and healing effects. The benefits of a regular Yoga Nidra practice are numerous and reach every system of the body. Yoga Nidra can help break habits or promote new ones. It is a tool for developing creativity and a way to align to a higher purpose. It can be especially helpful to counteract the effects of stress and anxiety that are prevalent in our modern, busy culture. Simple yet profound, Yoga Nidra leads the practitioner to a state of peace and inner awareness.
It’s a state of consciousness in which we are invited to re-encounter the essential truth of who we really are. Yoga Nidra provides us with the opportunity to experience deep freedom. It welcomes us all home to ourselves.
How Does Yoga Nidra Work?
Although there are many different ways of teaching and practicing yoga nidra, most practices include several stages to relax the body, mind and emotions. These steps may include (but are not limited to):
- Body awareness
- Breath awareness
- Emotional awareness
- “Waking up” or re-integration
Each step is intended to take you deeper into an altered state of consciousness—the state between asleep and awake—where you’re fully conscious but your body and mind are fully at rest and ease. When you set a conscious intention at the beginning of your yoga nidra practice, and then let go and allow for deep relaxation of the body, mind and emotions, your unconscious opens up to new ways of thinking, healing, and fulfilling your conscious intentions.
- Physical Position: Yoga nidra is generally practiced lying down so you can let go completely. Props, pillows and blankets are commonly used, as well as anything that will help you get into a totally comfortable, restful position.
- Attention: A typical yoga nidra practice is highly guided, and takes your attention to specific places through a series of steps (mentioned below). In many ways, the specific instructions make it easier to relax than in meditation.
- State of Consciousness: During yoga nidra, you move into the state of conscious deep sleep. You are no longer in the waking state of consciousness, but you also move past the dreaming state of consciousness and into the deep sleep state. However, your mind is actually awake, so it’s often discussed as the state between being asleep and awake. This is why it is said that yoga nidra is so restorative for the body. In both practices, the mind is conscious; in yoga nidra, the body is in a more restful state.
• Deep skeletal-muscular relaxation, removal of blockages and physical pain.
• Balance of the nervous system and increase the production of endorphins, the hormones of happiness, and on the other hand lower levels of immunosuppressants, noradrenaline and cortisol.
• Reduction of the rhythm of our brain waves and harmonization of the two hemispheres.
• Stress relief, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypertension.
• One hour of yoga nidra practice equals four hours of natural sleep.
• Development and use of non-analytical mind for personal growth purposes.
• Mental reprogramming and proposal of objectives.
• Increased learning capabilities, memory, intuition, creativity.
• Spontaneous manifestation of our inner potential and our resources.
• Cleansing of the subconscious and limiting memories.
• Lucidity to deal with conflicting situations.
• Deep meditative states.
• Expansion of altered states of mind.
• Integral harmonization.
Join A Yoga Nidra Online Zoom Class
Classes are held each Sunday Evening at 8pm Central Time and last 40 – 60 minutes
Cost: Pay What you can (Suggested minimum $7.00) Schedule Here
Once you have registered a unique zoom link will be sent to you. Please don’t share this.
Recordings will not be allowed.
Please log in 5-10 minutes early
Have your private quiet area secured so you will not be disturbed
Get comfortable – use pillows, blankets and bolsters. Wear loose comfortable clothing
Some enjoy Yoga Nidra from their bed and fall asleep right after, some enjoy from a recliner or lie on a Yoga Mat. Just be comfortable, you will be still for about 45 minutes.
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“Joyce’s voice is gentle and soft, which allows you to immediately calm and center yourself. Her tone is constant throughout the meditation which also allows you to stay focused and awake your healing. I am also a yoga Nidra instructor and I have listened to many instructors and have never experienced the tranquility that Joyce’s voice and intent has. I truly believe this practice is a calling for her and know that once you experience her practice you will invite her into your routine of Self Care. Thank you Joyce, for being another warrior of peace out there. We so need it in these times.”
– Kathleen H
“That was the best night sleep I’ve had in a while.”
– Georgiann V
“Thank you so much Joyce. I am still reaping the benefits. Your Yoga Nidra class was just lovely.”
“So wonderful for the heart, soul. It really reset my neurology!”
“Thank you Joyce! Your voice was so soothing. I feel so peaceful and relaxed.”
“That was super amazing Joyce. Thank you for sharing your comforting voice and technique. It was perfect.”
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