There is a Sanskrit term saṃskara. It loosely translates as mental impression. Broadly, mental impression are things that can keep us stuck. These mental impressions can lead to negative emotions and reactions, thus keeping us bound in stress and anxiety. This stress can even manifest in the body in many ways. Stressors are abundant in modern life especially in today’s world with the pandemic and other current events that are out of our control.
Enter Yoga Nidra.
1. Anyone can practice it.Literally anyone! It is good for all levels and all conditions. Generally, you practice Nidra resting on the back, but some find it better to lay on the side. The use of props can also make it a more comfortable experience. It is easy to do and there is no wrong way to do it. You can even practice it in bed.
2. Nidra Helps you sleep better. If you suffer from insomnia or have had a bad night of rest. Nidra will help! Through this calming practice you will reach a deep state of relaxation. Practiced in the evening you will sleep better. Practiced in the day hours you will feel recharged and centered. It helps train the mind to let go of the days busy tasks and monkey brain and allows to body to rest in much the same as as sleep can.
- Withdrawal of the senses (Pratyāhāra).
- Āsana practice is yoga’s physical practice. We need to keep the body strong and limber. Yoga Nidra is the practice of the withdrawal of the senses. This deep relaxing practice of Yoga Nidra brings you to a semi-conscious state, where your body can rest and you almost lose body sensation for a brief moment. This allows us to mentally and physically do a “factory boot” of our system. You will leave feeling a deep sense of calm, renewed and refreshed. Some people even feel Nidra help with their creative process that if often neglected in today’s highly logically oriented world.
It’s an easy way to learn how to meditate.Yoga Nidra practice is quite simple. While laying in śavāsana you will be guided to a deep state of meditation. Where you can learn to slow down the mind a bit and get to know yourself intimately. It is a meditation practice. Even though a seated meditation is a good practice, it can be hard to find a comfortable place and direct your mind away from thoughts or hold your attention on the breath. Nidra is guided so all you have to do is allow yourself to be taken to a deep place of relaxation. The practice can be a little as 5 minutes but can be as long as you like.
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