Yoga Nidra - the Yoga of Sleep

May 29, 2018

When I explain yoga nidra to the most people, the common response is, “Wait, so you just lie there? And that’s yoga?”

Yes, aaaaaaaand there is so much more.

Yoga nidra, or the yoga of sleep, is gaining attention and not without good reason. I consider yoga nidra to be nothing short of a requirement in today’s world. Yoga nidra is the antidote to the common western way of living: the going, achieving, grasping, getting, doing, moving, technology-filled way of living. Yoga nidra gives pause to this pace and creates space for the practitioner to drop into states of relaxation, creativity, and central nervous healing.

Yoga Nidra - the Yoga of Sleep l Mukha Yoga

How does it “work?” The science behind yoga nidra is finding the grey area between consciousness and sleep. In practicing yoga nidra, the teacher (or guide) talks practitioners through total body relaxation followed by guided meditation or imagery. In this context, total body/mind/spirit relaxation and restoration can occur.

What can I expect in a yoga nidra class? Expect to find a comfortable position on the floor, one supported by blankets, bolsters, perhaps an eye pillow. Some teachers include supportive essential oils. There may or may not be music. The goal of yoga nidra is “unefforting” in both body and mind. Rather than trying to hear every word that a nidra teacher says, practitioners are encouraged to trust that they will hear what they need to hear. Allowing your physical being to totally “let go” also gives the parasympathetic nervous system the opportunity to rest and reset.

It is said that 30 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to 4-6 hours of restful sleep. If you have trouble finding yoga nidra classes near you, search online! Give yourself the gift of yoga nidra—the gift of rest, renewal, and restoration.

Liz Skarvelis l Mukha YogaBy Liz Skarvelis; All Rights Reserved @2018

Also in The Community Hub

All About Sun Salutations

June 11, 2021

Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar A and B) are foundational sequences that initiate the rhythm of a yoga flow. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words “Sūrya” meaning sun and “Namaskāra” meaning greeting or salute.
Read More
Yoga Medicine for the Third Eye Chakra

June 11, 2021

Take a moment to gaze through your mind’s eye and note what you see. Without judgment, ask yourself, are you living your daily life in alignment with this vision? To clearly intuit and practice following this intuition, we must turn to this practice of looking inward again and again.
Read More
Yoga for Runners

June 06, 2021

No matter the runner’s skill level, many experience pain and tightness from the jarring effects of exercise. These proposed asanas may assist in stretching, healing, and honoring the muscles and ligaments that carry you into a beautiful cadence.
Read More