Dis-ease of daily life
Ever felt like having a complete break away from it all? We live in a 24/7 culture where being switched on and connected online via our phone is king and so addicted, there we are, like this pretty much day and night. Stress and overstimulation bring a huge range of symptoms: difficulty switching off at night, wake feeling sluggish, swinging between caffeine and sugar highs and lows, recurring pain issues, sore back, frozen shoulder, digestive problems, IBS, anger issues, a packed calendar with no down time and when you do eke out some space, don't like what you find there underneath all the busyness, so back to the phone and doing....I could go on (about my life!)
Nidra connects us with our true nature
We are human beings, not doings and yoga nidra invites us all to come back to our true nature. There is literally nothing to do. When the busy schedule and stress fall away, there is a deep connection with calm and presence. In daily life, we can often forget about it or not experience it at all. Yet this connection is there all the time. Just as the ocean is always still at its depths, so too are we essentially calm and spacious, kind and perfect, just as we are. When we connect with this healing space or aspect, we feel a whole lot better!
So how does yoga nidra do this (it sounds amazing!)? The practice of yoga nidra (yoga means union or joining and nidra mean sleep), offers the chance for complete restorative bodily relaxation. It melts away muscular tension, helps unwind patterns of holding and stress in the body and calms the mind into a tranquil state. And it feels great. It can be done very easily, no mat is even needed.
Nidra feeds our brains
During nightly sleep we experience a range of healing brainwave states that are essential for physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. We all know what it’s like the day after a disturbed sleep! Nidra enables us to experience these states in a short time so we feel restored and revitalised. I have practised yoga nidra regularly since 2011. A 20 minute session feels like I’ve slept deeply for a good hour! Nidra is not a replacement for sleep as we need to be in deeper states of consciousness for longer for the proper healing and processing to happen. Yet it can top us up especially when we feel depleted or exhausted.
Nidra is adaptogenic
It helps where we need it. So if we are tired and need deep rest, we most likely will fall asleep. When we need to realise something or find the solution to a problem, the answer can magically pop up, during or afterwards at an everyday moment.
Nidra soothes us and promotes longevity
In yoga philosophy, there is this idea of having a number of aspects or layers to ourselves. Physical, energetic through the breath, intellect through our minds, higher connection with that deeply calm space and more. Yoga nidra soothes these aspects very easily and simply, undoing all the tension of stress, and instead, nourishing us, nurturing us in a safe space.
In recent neurological and medical studies, when we are soothed and calm, this is deeply healing. Our brains are connected to our immune systems, so physiological responses can be learned from our emotional state. When we are stressed, we are more likely to experience ill health, catch colds and flu and suffer long term damage to major organs (an excellent book outlining the importance of emotional resilience is Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman). With nidra, the opposite is more likely to be the case.
Try for yourself: Autumn nidra
Make sure you will not be disturbed. Get yourself, comfy and cosy, you can close your eyes, have them open, dim the lights, do whatever helps you feel more relaxed. Most people like to do nidra lying down, but you can also do it seated. Other than that there is nothing to do but let me guide you to a deeply relaxed and safe space.
Experience Yoga Nidra live
I offer private sessions online where we co-create live nidras, tailored for your wellbeing to truly suit your needs. In this way, I can hold the space and nourish you, providing a safe place in which you thoroughly relax and draw from the well of life. Good times are most definitely ahead.
The initial session lasts 45 – 60 minutes, with the nidra lasting 15-25 minutes. Subsequent sessions 35 - 45 minutes. The nidras can be recorded as mp3 to have to use as and when and are strictly confidential. Prices range from £35-55 or you can book a block of 4 sessions for £140/£110 low waged. Contact me to find out more.
I end my weekly seasonal flow classes with yoga nidra lasting 10-20 minutes, inspired by the seasons, Satyananda, Himalayan and I-Rest traditions.
Join me on Insight Timer - I regularly share fresh nidras created live in class for free. All you need to do is download the app.
I deepened my training and knowledge with the Total Yoga Nidra Network, with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli and am proud to be an Associate Facilitator.
Meantime, I offer the yoga nidras with my sincere gratitude to my teachers, my clients and fellow yogis and my path in life.
Warm wishes of the season