Do you ever wake up from a full night’s rest feeling exhausted? Do you have trouble falling asleep because you know you only have so much time to rest?
Do you ever feel like your thoughts are racing so fast you can’t get anything done? Do you ever get halfway through the day & feel like you just can’t focus on anything else?
Or maybe it's just been too long since you've felt motivated or content.
Each of these experiences are fairly common, & chances are you are experiencing or have experienced at least one of them.
Everyone’s energy becomes depleted with unhealthy levels of stress & negative thought cycles.
There is a solution anyone can use.
Yoga Nidra is one of the most effective & convenient tools to reduce anxiety & fatigue while boosting energy & resilience.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is a form of guided meditation used to consciously enter a state of deep, rejuvenating rest.
During yoga nidra, participants are invited to direct their thoughts & mental energy to a series of simple, guided tasks designed to help navigate different levels of awareness.
Yoga nidra can take many forms but it is typically practiced lying down while listening as a teacher guides practitioners through setting an intention, a scan of the physical body, & becoming aware of the breath & energetic body.
What are the benefits of practicing Yoga Nidra?
- Reduction of stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue
- Improved sleep
- Increased self awareness
- Coping skills
- Emotional intelligence
Yoga nidra can be safely used as additional therapy for the treatment of:
Practicing yoga nidra is free & doesn’t require any special tools or physical ability. All you have to do is set aside a little time, lie down, close your eyes & listen.
There’s no wrong way to practice! Even if you fall asleep during yoga nidra, the unconscious mind still receives the benefits.
Yoga nidra also promotes physical health. If the mind is healthy, the body will be too.
These benefits are backed by science, making yoga nidra one of the holistic forms of therapy embraced by conventional medicine. Today, yoga nidra is also referred to as a method of Non Sleep Deep Rest, or NSDR.
How does Yoga Nidra or Non Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR) work?
By directing awareness to different levels of the self, yoga nidra allows you to intentionally activate the parasympathetic nervous system. It is a part of the autonomic nervous system which regulates your body’s ability to relax.
When the body & mind are relaxed, they can heal.
This works by temporarily withdrawing attention from the outer world & responsibilities & redirecting the prana, your life force, in more deliberate & supportive ways.
Consciously slowing down the breath replenishes your vitality & allows yourself to have more energy available to send in a specific direction. The energy backing your thoughts becomes more potent as you allow your body to get soft & heavy.
You enter a dreamless, sleep-like state while maintaining conscious control of the experience.
In this state, you are better able to learn & more open to intentions & affirmations.
This is how yoga nidra provides the benefits of sleep, while allowing you to rewire your mind & change patterns of thought & behavior. You become able to address the causes of mental health issues & let your body heal at the same time.
How can I use Yoga Nidra or NSDR?
Yoga nidra can be used at any time.
It is especially useful if you feel anxious, drained or are having trouble sleeping.
A good night's sleep is determined by how you prepare for it. Yoga nidra is an effective method to help you transition from the active mode of attending to daily responsibilities, to the more passive ones that promote quality rest.
If you’re looking for a guided practice, I created 2 videos for you!
Hi I’m Jessi,
For the past 10 years, I’ve been helping people of all ages & fitness levels reframe their relationship with movement. As a Holistic Fitness Trainer, I not only train people’s bodies, I also help them shift their mindsets to see movement as a tool for mental well being & physical vitality.
My goal is to provide accessible health & fitness content in a welcoming space. I simplify how the body works to help you stay active & injury-free.
There is no one-size-fits-all, but there are building blocks that we all can use to better understand what our body’s need, so we can design movement regimens that work for each of us.
My coaching style focuses on strong foundations of body awareness & stabilization. I combine techniques from Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Massage Therapy & Mindfulness to craft well thought out & customized training plans to support all clients. To read more about my certifications, click here.