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Yoga Nidra: what is it and should I try it?

Yoga Nidra may be something you’ve heard of but never quite understood. Everyone’s talking about it but do you fully understand what it is?

Lets talk about the benefits

Yoga Nidra benefits can include the following:

  • Deep relaxation

  • Improved sleep

  • Hormone regulation

  • Alleviate anxiety & depression

  • Greater self awareness

  • Greater sense of joy & wellbeing

So what's involved?

Yoga Nidra can be translated as yogic or enlightened sleep and is suitable for yogis of all levels.

It often precedes some form of gentle physical movement to encourage the movement of energy (prana) around the body.

During the session, you will be asked to lie on your back with your arms comfortably by your sides, palms up and eyes closed. It's really important that you feel comfortable and so you are encouraged to use a blanket, perhaps even an eye pillow and a bolster or pillow under your knees.

You will be asked to set an intention and will then be guided through a meditation. You will typically start by observing your body through the form of a body scan (right big toe, right little toe etc). You'll also focus on your breath and sometimes offered visualisation and affirmations before returning to wakefulness. Each Yoga Nidra is different but the outcome is to create a more relaxed physical body and state of mind.

This process enables you to draw your awareness away from the world around you and more inwards.

If you would like to learn more about the practise, please feel free to contact me. You are welcome to join me on my next Sunday Restorative Reset on 7 March 9.45-11am


Donna Lovelock Yoga

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