Part of my yoga therapy training program is learning more about Yoga Nidra. I, myself, have practiced on and off over the years with more of an effort in 2022. During my recent intensive training week we were gifted with over 30 hours of training in this form of yoga.
You might wonder, what the heck is Yoga Nidra?
By definition, Yoga Nidra is considered yogic sleep in modern usage and is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, typically induced by a guided meditation.
Additionally, it is a guided practice that allows the body and mind to rest through subtle relaxation to help reconnect to the body's healing processes.
Sleep meditation can even be thought of as a way to become more awake.
In my experience, the yoga teacher provides a guided practice full of invitations that allow you to move into a state of conscious sleep. All the invitations are for you as the participant to choose and to help deepen your own sense of rest.
Think all the benefits of sleep without actually formally sleeping. No previous experience is required.
Here has been some of my participants experiences so far:
😴 A welcomed practice while travelling and when completed at bedtime allowed for a nice flow into natural sleep. Quiet time even in a hotel room.
😴 As someone who could never get into deep relaxation and letting go in savasana (corpse pose) in a Hatha yoga class, this practice of Rest & Rejuvenation Sleep Meditation provided enough space to relax and find deep rest. She was shocked that she was able to let go during the practice.
😴 The practice allowed the participant to let his guard down and clear his mind where he was receptive to suggestions to relax his own body.
With the hustle and bustle of this time of year, take some time for yourself and try a Rest & Rejuvenation Sleep Mediation with me. Enjoy!
After you have tried the practice, reply to this email and let me know how it went for you. I'd love to hear your experience.
Rest is just as important as work (today I am Lisa Restman not Lisa Workman). 😉
For recovery and healing to occur, we must move and rest to find vitality.
Stay well and happy moving,
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