Introduction to Yoga Nidra

Introduction to Yoga Nidra: 8 minutes

Adult nap time just got better.

Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is a soothing kind of guided meditation designed to restore your body and mind through deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Participating in regular sessions can produce many paralleled benefits to traditional mindfulness practices, including reduced anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

Still, the practice moves beyond simple observation of your breath, unlike traditional meditation. Instead, yoga nidra is designed to gently float your body and mind between wakefulness and sleep, providing an opportunity to fully embrace the visualizations that your instructor provides. As you participate, consider yourself as an artist, working with a blank canvas upon which you can paint the colors of your choosing, in whatever hue or texture you desire, noticing how the imagery unfolds.

My included meditation offers a brief taste of the practice (my classes are typically designed for at least 30 minutes). I encourage you to lie on a comfortable surface, with your head and knees supported. I also recommend having a blanket nearby in case your body temperature drops, as is often the case when you are coaxed out of a sympathetic (stress) state and into a parasympathetic (rest and digest) state. While I do encourage you to follow my verbal instructions to maintain waking-consciousness, if you find yourself drifting off into sleep, your body is indicating that it needs deeper rest. There is no need to resist.

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