What is Yoga Nidra?
– Introduction –
Yoga Nidra is an accessible technique taught to help positively change habits. It promotes deep relaxation of body and mind. When we learn to relax deeply, it helps to soothe and calm the nervous system. The deep relaxation that Yoga Nidra offers also allows us to move into the subconscious mind, helping to positively alter habits.
The Origin and History of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is an ancient Yogic practice that has gained popularity in recent years for its relaxation and transformative benefits.
Yoga Nidra promotes deep relaxation of the body and mind, allowing practitioners to access a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
Yoga Nidra has roots from Tantra – a primitive, primordial practice which promotes methods of evolution of consciousness.
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– Practising Yoga Nidra –
During a Yoga Nidra session, students lie down in savasana (restorative relaxation posture) and follow the gentle guidance of the trained teacher. The practice typically consists of a series of verbal instructions that guide you through different stages of relaxation, leading you into a state of deep relaxation and rest. Students will experience progressive muscle relaxation techniques and be coached on how to lie in savasana properly, to allow muscles to release stress and tension.
One of the unique aspects of Yoga Nidra is its ability to help positively change habits. By entering a state of deep relaxation, students can access the subconscious mind, where deep-seated patterns and behaviors are stored. (Known as samskaras in Yoga).
Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, students can bring awareness to these patterns, explore them with a sense of non-judgment. This allows students to make conscious choices to transform them.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. You don’t need any prior experience in yoga or meditation to practice it. All that is required is a willingness to relax and let go. No specialist equipment is needed either, just a Yoga mat or a comfortable space to lie down in Savasana.
Yoga Nidra allows the release of stress, tension, and anxiety. As students enter into a state of deep relaxation, the nervous system enters a resting state (known as the parasympathetic nervous system), allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to activate. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms of stress-related conditions, improved sleep quality, and improve overall well-being.
Some of the benefits students may experience when practising Yoga Nidra are:
1. Deep relaxation and stress reduction: Yoga Nidra helps release stress, tension, and anxiety by inducing a state of deep relaxation. As students enter into a state of relaxation, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are activated. This can help in improving sleep quality, reducing stress, anxiety and an overall sense of well-being.
2. Improved mental clarity and focus: Regular practice of Yoga Nidra can improve and support mental clarity and focus. When students enter a state of deep relaxation, it allows the mind and nervous system to settle and become more receptive. This can lead to better concentration, improved creativity, and increased productivity in daily life. It can also offer benefits to social wellbeing.
3. Positive transformation and self-discovery: Yoga Nidra ca help to positively transform habits and patterns stored in the subconscious mind. By accessing the deeper layers of consciousness through progressive muscle relaxation and deep relaxation, student can bring awareness to patterns of the mind, explore them without judgment, and make conscious choices to transform them.
Incorporating Yoga Nidra into your routine can:
– improve overall well-being
– help you find balance in life
– allow deep muscle relaxation
Where can I practice and learn
Yoga Nidra in Teesside ?
Aimee offers a class that incorporates Yoga Nidra in her Meditation and Relaxation classes. These classes run on a Thursday Morning in Linthorpe. If you are interested in classes and courese AMALAwellness offer, please visit our timetable here.
Contact us here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and general information.