What is Yoga Nidra good for? Yoga Nidra helps diminish symptoms of anxiety by teaching mental calmness and cultivating a state of deep physical and emotional relaxation. In addition, the ancient practice releases pent-up emotions and stress to detoxify the brain.
What is the concept of Yoga Nidra? The term Yoga Nidra means yogic or psychic sleep. It is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, induced by a guided meditation. It is said that the history of Yoga Nidra is as old as Yoga itself, as it is mentioned as early as the Upanishads. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna is associated with Yoga Nidra.
How is Yoga Nidra different than meditation? While traditional meditation puts all awareness on a single focus, Yoga Nidra guides you through entire layers to reach your Atman or true self. By working through each kosha, you can descend deeper, and this depth simply cannot be achieved in meditation’s waking state.
What happens in a Yoga Nidra class? Yoga Nidra is a form of deep relaxation where the practitioner’s body is completely relaxed and the teacher guides them with verbal instructions. A typical session lasts 30-45 minutes. It is most often taught with the student lying down being guided by a teacher.