We want to introduce you to the perfect hibernation treat. It is deeply nourishing and rejuvenating. It is one of the most relaxing things you can do. It is yoga. But you don’t have to do anything. Just lie down, relax and listen to a guided meditation. This is Yoga Nidra, literally Yogic sleep.
Yoga Nidra can be practised as part of a yoga class. This would be done at the end of the session as a deep and complete relaxation. You lie down on your yoga mat in Shavasana, relaxation pose, perhaps with a blanket to stay warm. Shavasana is the resting pose. Lying on the back with legs straight but relaxed, the feet apart. Arms by the side a little away from the torso and palms facing up. Obviously, you can modify to suit your body. Perhaps you need cushions under your knees or a folded up blanket under your head. But the pose is neutral, symmetrical and comfortable.
The good news is that you don't have to go to Yoga class to enjoy this nourishing treat. It can be done at home, in bed or make yourself comfortable on the living room floor. It is really a stand-alone practice. There is no need to practise Yoga before!
All you have to do is to lie down, being comfortable and settled. Remembering to switch off the phone. You can even create an atmosphere of dimmed lights or cover the eyes with an eye mask. Perhaps use Yogandha Ground Rollerball to support the grounding and relaxation.
Yoga Nidra can be practised at any time. Just like a meditation practice. We like to take a Yoga Nidra break when we are overwhelmed or frazzled - any time of the day. If you can not switch off your mind before bed or suffer from insomnia Yoga Nidra is the perfect antidote. Try to practise in the evening or if you wake up during the night.
Yoga Nidra is comprised of different techniques creating total calm and ease. In fact, it is said that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra compares to 4 hours of sleep! However, most recordings last between 10-20 minutes which is plenty of time to give both body and mind a rest.
The different techniques used in a Yoga Nidra includes breath awareness and breathing practices, an intention or affirmation, experiencing a body scan, visualisations and guided imagery.
The principle is that you stay awake and aware. Your body starts to completely let go and release any tension. As you listen to the guided practise your mind is focused on the instructions and you can let go of any unwanted thoughts. Like a deep healing meditation.
We love adding a bit of meditative aroma to the practice using a small amount of Yogandha Ground Rollerball on our temples and eyebrow centre to enhance the calming effect of Yoga Nidra.
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