By Julie Crantz
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® Teacher and Reiki Master
Yoga Nidra is a meditative form of yoga and may be referred to as yogic sleep. The definition of Nidra is sleep and this is pronounced as a short sounding “ni” as in knit. When practicing Yoga Nidra, a participant enters one of the deepest states of relaxation possible while maintaining full consciousness. This allows the body to experience deep healing and rejuvenating rest.
What are some of the benefits of practicing Yoga Nidra? Sometimes we may be stuck in the stress response due to a time period of acute stress. This is extremely taxing to the body, and can have detrimental long term effects on our physical and psychological health. Yoga Nidra helps us to elicit the relaxation response and turn off “fight or flight” or the stress response we can find ourselves in during our daily lives. When we enter the relaxation response, this allows our body to access its own natural healing state, creating equilibrium and balance. Thirty minutes of Yoga Nidra practice is equivalent to about two hours of regular sleep. Other benefits include:• Strengthens the mind and our ability to focus• Is grounding• Brings a sense of clarity and peace• Leads to creativity and more energy• Is proven to influence metabolic processes in the body, reducing high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression• Is an aid to insomnia• Improves sleep quality• Helps to develop compassion for ourselves and others • Brings about emotional and mental stabilityWhat is a Yoga Nidra class like and what can I expect to take place during class?During a Yoga Nidra class, you are guided on a journey of healing at every level of your being, including your physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers, or the five koshas. You are invited to bring awareness to each layer without the need to make any changes or fix anything. You will set an intention or Sankalpa at the beginning of practice, which is a positive statement or affirmation that is planted as a seed in the mind. During and after practice, the Sankalpa will grow and blossom into a heartfelt and lasting, constructive change at the core of your being. We practice Yoga Nidra in Savasana posture or in a seated position, and there is nothing to do but to notice, listen, and breathe.I hope you are able to join me in the practice of Yoga Nidra at Ebb n’ Flow Yoga beginning on Monday, Nov. 7 at 5pm. This is a powerful practice of self- transformation and connection, in which you will experience deeper levels of inner peace and well-being than you ever imagined possible.
Peace, love, and light, Julie