Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. It’s believed that 30mins of Yoga Nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep. The goal of a Yoga Nidra practice is to take our brain waves into a Theta & Delta state. As we master this we are able to control which brain waves we are needing at any given time, it is said Einstein had this control, as do Monks and spiritual leaders. We are also able to slow down our brains frequency and access our higher intelligence, improve pain management, alter our mood, improve our sleep, greater creativity, ability to understand and see other perspectives - the bigger picture, access our intuition. Sounds like a good super power to have right?!
Throughout our day the brain's frequencies are as per the pic below, however our emotional state impacts which frequency we exist in. In a state of stress or anxiety we may not be moving below Beta, in a state of depression we may not be accessing Gamma. I know there are a few kindred nerdy spirits who want to check out all the amazing abilities we have in each frequency so click here - it's crazy amazing!
The first time I tried Yoga Nidra, I was both skeptical and curious. But that first session brought me to a totally relaxed, blissful state, and as I’ve explored the practice over the years, I’ve experienced the profound benefits and ways Yoga Nidra can benefit, heal, and transform you to new heights.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
• Reduce insomnia
• Decrease anxiety
• Alleviate stress
• Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency
• Heighten awareness and focus, access higher intelligence
• Transform negative habits, behaviors and ways of thinking
• Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity
How is Yoga Nidra different to meditation?”
Yoga Nidra is done laying down (in Savasana) as opposed to seated. It is guided by a teacher taking you on a journey in focus, as opposed to using breath, mudra, mantra as the anchor in meditation. 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 "psychic sleep". 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. Search for binaural sounds in Spotify to improve your work, rest or play time! I am always listening to binaural beats when I write my blogs, it's the best way to get my brain waves in the creative flow.
Gift yourself time to include a Yoga Nidra in your week this week. Below are practices you will find in the Monthly Membership in your online library - day passes available. TIP: eye pillows can help dramatically!
Have a great week in your brain Yogis!
Namaste, Nic Whiteman
Yoga Nidra's in your online membership to try this week;
Short'n Sweet Savasana
The Space Between Thought Meditation
Go With The Flow Guided Meditation
Chakra Healing - Yoga Nidra
Keep your eyes peeled for several more guided meditations loading into your library this week!