Yoga Nidra, or Yoga Sleep, is a powerful meditation technique in which the practitioner lays comfortably in savasana, and experienced a state of consciousness between sleeping and awake, similar to the "going-to-sleep" stage. In this state, the body is completely relaxed, as the practitioner is guided through a systematic meditation. Yoga Nidra is for everyone and there is no wrong way to do it. Falling asleep is common, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice. There are countless benefits to Yoga Nidra, including helping to activate the relaxation response and improving the functioning of the nervous system and endocrine system, which affect hormones. It helps cells regenerate and repair, and decreases anxiety, reduces stress, and promotes deep rest. This practice is being used at increasing rates in those suffering from trauma, Traumatic Brian Injury, chronic pain, and insomnia. It is said that 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 2-4 hours of REM sleep, leaving you feeling relaxed and rested.
*recommended that you bring your own pillow(s), blankets, and props to maximize your comfort.