Yoga Nidra is often translated as yogic sleep, but while it can be as restorative as sleep, its not actual sleep. It encourages a state of consciousness like the one you experience between wake and sleep, when the thinking mind is quiet and the body is deeply relaxed.
Why practise Yoga Nidra? It can be helpful for relaxation, insomnia, stress relief, pain management and a whole range of physical conditions. It can also be used for creativity and as a tool for self-enquiry, if that is of interest to you.
It is fully guided and is usually practised lying down in a comfortable, quiet place.
If you are new to Yoga Nidra, below is a simple relaxation nidra to get you started. I invite you to free yourself from external demands for a while and be nourished.
And here is a short (14 minute) Yoga Nidra offering a chance to pause and replenish on all levels.
I am gradually creating a selection of Yoga Nidras, grouped together under
Night night nidras for sleep
Celebrating the seasons
Honouring moon cycles & the stars
Connecting with the natural world & the elements
More information coming soon - watch this space!
Photograph by Ali Bullough