Sleep is like human fuel for vitality, balance, mental clarity and making our dreams a reality. As a society, we suffer from so many health problems, including anxiety and sleep issues. I believe, with all my heart, that so much of this would be eliminated if more people invited Yoga Nidra into their lives as a regular practice.
You may be wondering what exactly it is…
Yoga Nidra is for everyone – even those that “don’t practice Yoga.” It has nothing to do with flexibility, balance or doing upside down handstands. All you need to do is lie down on your back and listen. Yup, that’s it! Simply by lying down and listening for 30 minutes, you receive the equivalent of 3 hours sleep. In today’s world, no matter who you are, what your interests are, or what job you have, sleep is something we can all use more of.
I first fell in love with Yoga Nidra 15 years ago and continue to practice it daily (or as often as I can). It’s one of the most magical practices I know. Yoga Nidra has helped me manage periods of tremendous stress, the fatigue that comes with pregnancy, life with a newborn and mamahood, the overwhelm that comes with being a boss babe and mama to 3 littles, and heal a fairly serious autoimmune issue. It simply keeps me feeling my very best each and every day.
Although this practice is ancient, I love that “they” have begun to study its benefits. This means it will get into more people’s lives!!
So, why is it so effective?
Yoga Nidra is defined as “Yogic Sleep.” As you engage in the practice you fall into a deep sleep-like state that quiets and releases tension from your mind and body. This practice works systematically to relax your entire nervous system. With all life’s to-dos and demands, we spend an unhealthy amount of time in our fight or flight mode. When your fight or flight instincts are constantly turned on (or activated) we have a difficult time sleeping, processing emotions, feeling settled in our bodies, retaining information and thinking clearly.
The benefits of Yoga Nidra are significant.
I am so thankful Yoga Nidra is growing in popularity! This is definitely a result of its wide-reaching and long-lasting effects. It improves sleep, enhances memory, awakens creativity, reduces anxiety and counteracts stress.
Sleep is an integral and vital human function. Without it, we are unable to maintain our physical, mental and emotional health.
Study after study proves that by frequently practicing Yoga Nidra you can cure psychological disorders like anxiety, hostility, insomnia, and more. Since Yoga Nidra is used to help cure PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, even the military is practicing it! I could not be happier knowing that more people have access to this magical tool.