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Unveil the Serenity of Yoga Nidra: Your Journey to Tranquil Restoration

Oakville Yoga Studio Blog: Unveil the Serenity of Yoga Nidra: Your Journey to Tranquil Restoration

What is Yoga Nidra and how to practice it?

Have you heard of Yoga Nidra, and have you had a chance to practice it? Let me tell you some things about Yoga Nidra, and I’d recommend practicing it regularly. Yoga Nidra is often referred to as “Yogic sleep” since it is performed in Savasana (lying on your back) for the whole time. Need an excuse to come to a yoga class and stay in the Savasana for the whole duration? Then Yoga Nidra may be your next favorite thing!

Relaxing the body and resetting the nervous system

Not only does this ancient practice help with achieving deep physical relaxation, but it also resets the nervous system. In our age of technological advancements, constant connection and information overload, Yoga Nidra helps with relaxing the nervous system. After the practice you feel in a much better state of alignment, calmer and more in touch with your body, reinstating the mind-body connection. 

Quieting the busy mind

Very often I hear from clients that they find meditation practice challenging (even if it is a guided meditation), so they are worried that they wouldn’t be able to stay on pace with the cueing when it comes to Yoga Nidra practice. While both, Yoga Nidra and Meditation, have similarities and offer tons of benefits on many levels, it is much easier to achieve relaxation and a quieter state of mind when practicing Yoga Nidra in comparison to meditation. Meditation is very often performed in a seated position, and you are expected to stay aware and keep your focus on your breath (or sometimes some external objects, sounds, etc.) You are in a much-relaxed body position to begin with in Yoga Nidra; moreover, you are being guided to rotate your awareness from one body part to another. While you are rotating your awareness, you are bringing relaxation to those body parts.

Helps with the quality of sleep

When practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra’s positive “side effect” is that you notice that you fall asleep faster and the quality of your sleep is better. Practicing half an hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to getting a restful couple of hours of sleep. While Yoga Nidra is not supposed to replace sleep, it does help with restoring your energy when you may be sleep-deprived. 

I have found Yoga Nidra is helping me with insomnia, getting ready for a good night's sleep, and tapping into my intuition, to resolve some of the recurring behavioral patterns.

Can be practiced at any time of the day

I love practicing (and teaching) Yoga Nidra at night, as it prepares me for a deep restful sleep. Having said that, there have been times when I would practice Yoga Nidra in the late afternoon just to regain some energy and to give myself a break (an effect is similar to taking a power nap – with the difference that you stay conscious during Yoga Nidra). You may choose to practice Yoga Nidra as soon as you wake up, and if you feel that your energy level is low, and you are not in a rush to get up, you could practice Yoga Nidra that allows you to feel more energetic after and be ready for a day ahead.

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Yoga Nidra helps with setting intentions, healing past emotional wounds and filling in what feels hollow

This is my favorite part of Yoga Nidra; it is truly a magical practice that allows us to tap into our subconscious mind. The practice of Yoga Nidra is deeply rooted in setting the intention. When you choose an intention, you give yourself a sense of direction; it may be a resolve you are longing for. As an example, if you feel uprooted, your intention may be “I am grounded”, and by practicing Yoga Nidra with intention, you are tapping into your unconscious ability to feel more grounded after the practice. 

To summarize, every Yoga Nidra session may feel different, but it is a deeply restorative practice that anyone should practice. I have found Yoga Nidra is helping me with insomnia, getting ready for a good night’s sleep, and tapping into my intuition, to resolve some of the recurring behavioral patterns. I sometimes find myself practicing Yoga Nidra every single day, and sometimes it may be a couple of times per week, and it’s helping me to deal with stress better, to feel more aligned and balanced. If you are curious to try this ancient practice, you are invited to join our so-called “Chillax with Lena” special event in our yoga studio in Oakville – a session that offers Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath experiences in one. Thank you for your interest in Yoga Nidra; it’s better to experience the magic of Yoga Nidra once versus reading about it, so hope to see you on your mat (in Savasana) soon!

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Lena L.

My name is Lena. I have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. I believe yoga is a life-long journey. I am at the stage of my journey where I want to share my yoga experience and knowledge to benefit your lives, and that was the reason I took a Yoga Teacher Training to be a certified Yoga Teacher. Join me on your mat for transformational and fun classes at Goji Yoga Studio.

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