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New to Yoga Nidra? Here's what you need to know!

Yoga Nidra, also known as "yogic sleep," is a form of guided meditation that is practiced lying down. It's a powerful practice that can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore what yoga nidra is, its benefits, and how to practice it. What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga nidra is a type of guided meditation that takes you into a state of deep relaxation. It's similar to the state you experience just before falling asleep, but with the added benefit of being aware and conscious. During a yoga nidra session, you'll be guided through a series of visualizations and relaxation techniques, with the aim of reaching a state of complete relaxation.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra

1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Yoga nidra is known to reduce stress and anxiety by calming the mind and promoting relaxation.

2. Improves Sleep: Yoga nidra can help improve the quality of your sleep by calming your mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

3. Boosts Immunity: Studies have shown that regular practice of yoga nidra can boost your immune system, helping to prevent illness and disease. 4. Reduces Chronic Pain: Yoga nidra has been found to be effective in reducing chronic pain by promoting relaxation and reducing stress. 5. Improves Overall Well-being: Yoga nidra can help improve your overall well-being by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving sleep. How to Practice Yoga Nidra

1. Find a comfortable space: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can lie down without being disturbed. 2. Get into a comfortable position: Lie down on your back with your arms and legs slightly apart. Make sure you're comfortable and that your body is fully supported. Feel free to use a light layer like a blanket. I find it helpful if using a blanket to tuck it in to help contain your sense of where your body is.

3. Follow the guided meditation: You can listen to one of my recorded nidras, hop on over to, or join my monthly live Sunday evening nidras.

4. Stay present: Try to stay present and aware throughout the meditation. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to the present moment. 5. Take your time: After the meditation, take your time to slowly come back to the present moment. You may want to stretch or move your body gently before getting up. When should I practise yoga nidra?

Traditionally, yoga nidra would be practised not long after waking up - this is the time when there is the minimal "mind chatter" and the practise sets you up for the day ahead. However, in today's busy go-go-go culture, many favour practising in the evening as a way to wind down from the day.

Personally, I regularly practise a short 15 or 20 minute nidra when I have a space in a busy day - the busier the day, the more it is needed, and the greater the benefit. On the days when I am working particularly long hours, I find a short nidra practise during the day energises me, and helps me to keep perspective amidst the commitments.

In conclusion, yoga nidra is a powerful practice that can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being. It's easy to practice and can be done anywhere, anytime. So why not give it a try and see how it can benefit you?


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