Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation, a tool rather, that helps the conscious mind move to a state between sleep and wakefulness. Nidra means “sleep.” In Yoga Nidra, the body sleeps and the consciousness remains aware.
When I began practicing Yoga Nidra, my conscious mind usually fell asleep. I believe I fell asleep because I needed it. Since high school, I slept fewer hours than was healthy for a growing mind and body. I continued the pattern into college. In my late 20’s and early 30’s, I tried to get quality sleep; however, my dreams were often of work. Rarely did I have the much needed down time and rest.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderful tool that has helped and still helps my mind and body get the rest it needs. Sometimes I prefer Yoga Nidra practices with music, and sometimes without. Sometimes I want a long, 60-minute session, and sometimes I want a 5-minute, traditional 61-point session. I believe our bodies let us know what we need. I hope you enjoy this 15-minute Yoga Nidra practice.
If you have questions about Yoga Nidra or would like to invite me to lead a live session, please contact me. I am glad to help.