Yoga Nidra: The Ultimate Healing and Relaxation Practice

Does life seem like it’s just rushing by? Are you left thinking, ‘I can’t keep up! My mind is racing with all I need to accomplish!’. Are you alternating between tired and wired and feeling worn out, run down and out of sorts?  Everyday we go to battle with our life and our problems. We try to fix ourselves with new clothes, new diets and new extremes causing the cycle to continue. Today, we invite you to investigate a new approach and discover Yoga Nidra or “yogic sleep,” a form of deep meditation designed to bring the participant into a state of pure awareness and self-discovery. Simplified, we can achieve complete composure by relaxing, renewing, and just being. We can get in to that!

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra, loosely translated as ‘yogic sleep,’ is a reclined practice designed to bring you to a state of pure awareness and self discovery.  Described as one of the deepest forms of meditation, Yoga Nidra leads to a state of supreme stillness and insight. Through the practice we’re able to find ease and responsiveness through letting go (relaxing) and paying attention to what is here with a kind heart, something that is so unique compared to our usual response to stress.

What are the Benefits of Yoga Nidra? 

Throughout our lives we encounter a myriad of challenges. One goal of Yoga Nidra is to create a relaxed mind and in turn increase creativity, spontaneity and awareness.  When our mind is open and relaxed we are better prepared for anything that comes our way, whether it be physical illness, anxiety, loss or grief.  The practice has also been shown to improve Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Chronic pain, Chemical dependency and even PTSD in Veterans. Lastly, many practitioners find an overall increase in wellbeing and joy as this practice asks us to welcome our true selves and not try to change anything.

Get a taste of Yoga Nidra in this sample recording with Namaste instructor Ashley Sharp

If traditional sitting meditation sounds too intimidating, this may be just the practice for you, and who knows, maybe you’ll be able to channel The Little Duck in the poem below:

The Little Duck

Now we are ready to look at something pretty special.
It is a duck riding the ocean a hundred feet beyond the surf.
This is some sort of duck, and he cuddles in the swells.

There is a great heaving in the Atlantic,
And he is a part of it.

He can rest while the Atlantic heaves, because he rests in the Atlantic.

Probably he doesn’t know how large the ocean is.

And neither do you.
But he realizes it.

And what does he do, I ask you. He sits down in it.
He reposes in the immediate as if it were infinity – which it is.
That is religion, and the duck has it.

He has made himself a part of the boundless,
by easing himself into it just where it touches him.
I like the little duck.

He doesn’t know much.
But he has religion.

 -Donald C. Babcock

Want to go deeper into Yoga Nidra? Check out our website for upcoming workshop dates!

Featured image by Annie Internicola

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