Reasons to cultivate a Yoga Nidra practice

Yoga Nidra - Cultivate Relaxation and Stress Relief with this Ancient Meditation Practice

Written by Kelley Griffiths

Mindfulness-based health coach, in love with Yoga Nidra, movement, currently studying contemplative psychotherapy, currently living in Berlin, Germany.

December 9, 2021

The practice of Yoga Nidra, a type of meditation-based relaxation, dates back to ancient India. Yoga Nidra is the Sanskrit word for “yogic sleep” or “sleep yoga.” It involves a series of steps that lead to deep relaxation and self-awareness through guided instructions.

The goal is for the practitioner to reach an awakened state where they become more aware and focused on their present moment experience. This post will explore some reasons why you should consider incorporating this form of meditation into your daily routine as well as provide information about how it can be done. 

But why would someone want to start a regular yoga nidra practice?

Does any of this sound familiar:

  • You feel disconnected from your body.
  • You want to learn to release tension in the body.
  • You spend more time thinking than feeling.
  • Your nervous system is out of whack.
  • You don’t sleep very well or can’t fall asleep.
  • You just want to lay down and stop ‘doing’.
  • You feel stressed and anxious.
  • You’ve been sick and need to recover.
  • You want to connect to the healing capacity of the body.
  • You want to find your source of inner space and expensiveness.
  • You need to come home, to yourself.

If you can relate to any of the above then don’t worry you’re not alone. I used to feel the same way and a lot of my clients come to me with the same concerns. We all have the same needs and want to feel connected, fulfilled, and alive and Yoga Nidra is a great way for you to find yourself again!

Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice that can be more accessible for people than seated meditation. It utilizes the body’s natural ability to fall into sleep-like states while encouraging you to stay awake and alert. So this is another great reason to give it a try and see how it can benefit you. Many people try seated meditation and find there are just too many barriers to this kind of practice for them, so I always recommend they try a Nidra.

Kelley, you’re telling me I should do it, but what are the benefits? Well my dear…

So what are the benefits of yoga nidra

1. Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that will help you to relax and be more mindful.

2. It can be used for deep rest and relaxation.

3. You’ll experience physical benefits such as reduced blood pressure and perhaps a decreased heart rate as you relax.

4. Yoga Nidra encourages self-awareness and helps with understanding what’s going on in your mind.

5. You’ll find yourself feeling less stressed during difficult situations.

6. It can improve your sleep quality and decrease insomnia.

7. This practice can also reduce anxiety, depression, and stress levels.

8. You’ll feel less pain in your body because Yoga Nidra helps release tension from the muscles and become more comfortable with sensations.

9. Yoga Nidra has been shown to increase creativity by activating the right side of the brain. 

10. You learn to find comfort in your own experience and not always seek outside comfort.

So are you convinced to give it a try? I hope so. It really is an incredible practice and so accessible. You can just put on an audio guide – check out my youtube channel – lay back, close your eyes and listen. And do you know what? It doesn’t even matter if you fall asleep.

Summary

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that will help you to relax and be more mindful. It can be used for stress relief, relaxation, or even as a form of meditation. You’ll experience physical benefits such as reduced blood pressure and a decreased heart rate through this practice. Yoga Nidra encourages self-awareness and helps with understanding what’s going on in your mind and body which leads to feeling less stressed during difficult situations. This practice can also reduce anxiety, depression, and stress levels along with improving sleep quality and reducing insomnia symptoms. Join me for a online class now!

or give the following Nidra a listen.

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