Yoga means “union.” Nidra means “sleep.” Yoga Nidra is a state between sleep and deep relaxation. It is a systematic method of inducing deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The practice is done while lying down on one’s back. The eyes are closed and the body made completely comfortable. It involves deep relaxation with inner awareness while the instructor leads a guided session with their voice. The teacher uses auto-suggestion cues, visualization, and affirmation to create an environment in which healing can occur.
A few of the benefits are: increased immune function, digestive function, and better sleep.Yoga Nidra can be practiced by anyone. This is not a physical exercise, but rather a technique for physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness. The secret of Yoga Nidra (and to better health) lie in its ability to relieve tension and stress at its root and restore a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body.