Is it OK to do yoga nidra before sleep? “You can do yoga nidra any time, even when you are trying to go to sleep in the evening. When you do it at night, you can use the technique to be part of the conscious mind as you become inactive—then you may fall unconscious,” says Mittra.
Who created yoga nidra? Swami Satyananda Saraswati developed this system of relaxation in the mid 20th century, after studying and practicing the tantric scriptures. His explanation of Yoga nidra was as a state of mind between wakefulness and dream, wherein deep constructs of the mind become opened.
Does yoga nidra count as sleep? Though its name means yogic sleep, the purpose of yoga nidra isn’t necessarily to fall asleep. The goal is to focus on the guiding voice and delve into deeper states of consciousness. However, many people do use it as a sleep aid as the state it puts you in allows you to fall asleep quickly.
How do you do yoga nidra?
- Connect to your heart’s deepest desire. Focus on a lifelong goal or something that relates to your health.
- Set an intention.
- Find your inner resource.
- Scan your body.
- Become aware of your breath.
- Welcome your feelings.
- Witness your thoughts.
- Experience joy.