Yoga nidrā is a form of guided meditation, otherwise known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”; it may also be called “non-sleep deep rest”, or NSDR (a term coined by Dr Andrew Huberman). Both terms are different ways to refer to the kind of rest you get when your body is in a relaxed state, but your mind is still awake.
My favourite way to describe yoga nidrā is that you do nothing & gain everything.
Unlike other forms of meditation, it’s practiced laying down comfortably, with a teacher guiding the session. As with during my other classes, I advocate for using as many props and supports as you need, as well as cosy clothes & blankets. It can also be nice to practice yoga nidrā in a cosy setting, with dimmed lights and a feeling of warmth & safety.
Although you may feel as if you drifted off during your nidrā – and your body may have – your consciousness, or mind, is still able to listen to and benefit from the ‘story’ or ‘script’ of the nidrā practice; both aspects of ourselves do what they need during the practice, to allow us to feel fully rested in body, mind, and spirit.
Sometimes this isn’t always fully apparent until after the end of the nidrā, or even in the days afterwards, and that’s nothing to worry about – every body responds to these practices differently, but whatever benefits are needed by us are always available to be taken.
At the moment, I’m currently leading yoga nidrā on request as a one-to-one session; oftentimes practitioners can feel somewhat lethargic after their practice so my preference is to lead the practice in your home or via Zoom so that you can stay rested when the practice is over; in time I hope to offer nidrā to groups, and combine it with some tea & snacks afterwards to allow everyone to time to “come around” before returning home both rested and safely.
Yoga nidrā sessions typically last 45-60 minutes, once all the preparations have been completed.
To book your nidrā practice, you can access this Momence board, or use the calendar below.
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