A special guest post by my dear friend Emma, who is also a qualified yoga instructor and runs specialised classes that focus on relaxation, stress-reduction and overall mental wellness through yoga.
Yoga nidra: what is it?
Yoga nidra is a method of inducing physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Nidra means ‘sleep’
How is it done?
By sitting or lying in a warm comfortable place and listening to a recording which will guide you through the process with simple techniques.
Physically it looks like not much is going on, but on the inside magical things are happening.
Less is more… really, it’s true!
What might the results be?
- Better energy levels
- Improved quality of sleep
- Enhanced immunity
- Increased concentration and memory
- Better problem-solving abilities
- Greater efficiency and productivity
- Stabilised emotions— reduced anger, crying, anxiety, frustration
- Less headaches and pain
What is happening in the body?
In yoga nidra all the physiological processes in the body slow down. As the breath slows down, this signals to the autonomic nervous system to go into ‘para-sympathetic mode’.
When the breath is deeper and slower the heart rate decreases and the cardiovascular system doesn’t have to work as hard to get blood around the body. The blood being delivered around the body is oxygen-rich, so the muscles of the body can relax.
As our body and mind relaxes, our emotions begin to stabilise. Yoga nidra quietens the mind, taking our brainwaves from beta (busy) to alpha waves (slow).
With increased flow in the body both physically and mentally there is room for energy to flow freely. With fewer blockages this energy can provide us with the nourishment we require to go into the world more vibrant.
With regular yoga nidra practice it’s possible to enter this state more and more easily in everyday life. We can begin to think more clearly and build on our ability to respond appropriately in each moment.
Want to try yoga nidra for free?
‘Like’ quietspaceyoga‘s Facebook page and stay tuned for a free yoga nidra recording.
Emma Robinson is founder of Quiet Space Yoga, based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.