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Z9 - Yoga Nidra

This is a process of deep relaxation for the mind and body. It is often called Yogic sleep . If you have encountered yoga practice , you may have experienced elements of this at the end of your session when resting in Savasana. However you are not a sleep but in a state of consciousness in which we can connect with our deeper nature. It may allow for insight into problems, creativity , restoration and sometimes even healing. It will definitely improve the quality of your sleep. It has even been used to help soldiers cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Yoga Nidra is a meditative resource which can be practised independently or used prior to sitting for mindfulness meditation.

Preparing for the practice of Yoga Nidra

You will require a quiet space to lie for 20 to 30mins. The practice is normally performed lying down but you can chose other postures ,as long as you are able to let your body surrender into stillness. You may wish to use props eg pillow under your head. Blanket to keep warm . Some cushions or bolster under your knees to take the strain off your back. The usual posture, but not essential is lying arms resting by your sides and palms facing upwards. Feet out at 45 degrees. Your eyes may be open or closed. Ideally aiming not to fall asleep and just keep an awareness of the voice. It is natural to often lose the voice in parts. If you do fall asleep do not worry, you must have been tired.

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