Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~ C. Jung
Yoga Nidra is translated as Yogic sleep. It is a sleep based meditation technique, and in this way based on the biology of your own body. You don´t have to learn how to go to sleep, your body knows how to do it.
Yoga Nidra consists of a set of body, breath and awareness techniques which are designed to help you drop from the thinking mind via feelings and sensations into the body, and therefore a state of being.
It is a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating practice, which brings you into a meditative state that exists between wakefulness and sleep. It is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping and while your body and thinking mind can rest, you can access the deeper layers of your subconscious mind.
The practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. We are progressively emptying the contents of the mind, by moving down through brain wave states where there are naturally less and less thoughts. It is a process of quietening the brain waves just like you do in sleep.
For most of us, the stresses that we experience today and that keep us awake are more mental than physical. The "tigers" that haunt us are not actual tigers, but mental tigers. The problem that comes with the fear of an imaginary tiger is that we can chose to keep it around forever. A stressful mind keeps the body alert and in a constant fight or flight response. Imagine what that does to your organism on the long run.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderful tool to help release the access tension that has build up in the body and support us in finding deep relaxation.
It is said that 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep.
If you have questions or concerns please get in touch. And if you feel inspired please join me for the next practice.