The Deeply Restorative Practice of Mindful Rest Yoga Nidra
Mindful Rest Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based practice of meditative self-inquiry rooted in the ancient teachings of Yoga. Yoga Nidra can be used as a technique to induce deep relaxation, overcome insomnia, reduce the effects of stress, resolve trauma, overcome addictions, anxiety, depression, fear, anger and self-limiting beliefs and patterns.
During Yoga Nidra we become submerged in receptive and eventually deeply meditative states of consciousness and brain wave states. Yoga Nidra is specifically designed to allow you to enter a sleep-like state while remaining consciously alert and awake. In this state we become witness to the nature of our body, thoughts, emotions and beliefs.
In Yoga Nidra, deep relaxation is systematic, there is a conscious release of physical and mental tension. Allowing the body to rest in this receptive state, allows the body's innate ability to induce healing to spontaneously and effortlessly occur. Imagine what your body could do if it could replenish and revitalize itself.
"Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. Our most emotionally active life is lived in our dreams, and our cells renew themselves most industriously in sleep. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great; he is free from the experience of hostility; he is a poet, and most like an angel."
Leonard Bernstein, 1976
The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to recognize the infinite potential within that is our birthright.
In order to truly realize this innate potential, we must first begin by withdrawing our attention from the world outside of us to the world inside. This is done systematically during Yoga Nidra by withdrawing attention from the outside world of objects, then from the physical body, and the world of inner dimensions such as breath, thoughts, emotions, feelings, images and beliefs. Through the practice of dissidentifying from the senses (pratyahara), attention is released from distracting tendencies (dharana), attention is then able to focus and concentrate (dhyana), moving into a state of meditative absorption (samadhi) and ultimately realization of our natural state of peace and equanimity (kaivalya).
Why is Yoga Nidra so Powerful?
In Yoga Nidra, relaxation is systematic; there is a conscious release of physical holding, and mental agitations. This powerful technique, which induces a profound parasympathetic-relaxation response throughout the body, leads to sensitivity to internal feedback cues, and educates the body-mind to enter into a relaxed, receptive state in which healing occurs spontaneously.
The process teaches sensitivity to various bodily states including:
Slow, calm and regular heartbeat
Slow and rhythmic abdominal breathing
Significant levels of alpha brain waves
A profound state of deep rest
Feelings of satisfaction, inner balance and rest
Bring the Transformative Practice of Yoga Nidra into Your Daily Life Today!
How to practice:
Find a comfortable place to lie down, preferably not in bed, as we associate our bed with sleeping not meditating!
Set up your space with comfort in mind: blanket, eye pillow, cushion under the knees, and anything else that will support any body sensitivities
Put your cell phone on silent! Opt for a time and space where you will not be disturbed
Practice daily, preferably at the same time every day