So many people today are feeling tired and say they just don’t get enough sleep. With a Yoga Nidra practice you will experience a deep yogic sleep as it is commonly known. Yoga Nidra is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. Likewise this yoga relaxation technique rests you comfortably into a savasana (corpse pose). So then you are systematically taken through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. Therefore no longer will you dread spending hours sitting on the floor waiting for liberation. Hence here are five benefits of developing a yoga nidra practice.
1. Experience this psychic sleep
Intense vinyasa flows are not for everyone and as we age this has the potential to become a risk. To begin with our Yoga Therapy class includes Yoga Nidra with a focus on 40+. Furthermore our class is a practice that everyone easily does at any age. Also with Yoga Nidra all your body needs to do is lie down on the floor. In brief even if you can’t lie down on the floor, the practice is just as good seated.
2. You cannot practice incorrectly
As you lie down, supported in savasana, all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. In this case it is likely that you will remember certain parts of the meditation and not others. Every time you come to the practice you encounter a new experience—none of which is wrong. Incidentally falling asleep is okay too, as you will receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.
3. Easy to Incorporate Yoga Therapy into daily life
Seated meditation can be frustrating—trying to clear the mind, bring awareness back to the breath, or find inspiration for focusing. Especially the yoga relaxation technique of Yoga Nidra is always guided, so there is no intense thinking or wondering why you are staring at a blank wall. A yoga nidra practice may be as short as five minutes or as long as an hour. Subsequently you will find outside of the yoga studio that you would like to introduce a Yoga Nidra practice as part of your daily bedtime routine. Put the headphones on, practice right in your bed, and then drift off to sleep. Although this is not the most conventional way to practice Yoga Nidra, you have no excuse not to do it if you’re going to be lying down anyway.
4. Yoga Nidra is a simple way to de-stress and relax
This Yoga Nidra relaxation technique promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice. For example the stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health. Likewise connecting to the body through yoga nidra is one of the main benefits of Yoga. This way we can hear if there are any niggling sensations that we need to take heed of. For instance Ayurveda states that disease comes in 6 stages and with yoga nidra you can hear the whisper of the body and choose to take action.
5. Learn About Yourself Intimately at Yoga Nidra
Some people crave the yoga relaxation technique that this practice instills. Likewise other practitioners use the non-judgmental and secure atmosphere that yoga nidra provides as a window into themselves. In the first place Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. During yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and come “face to face” with what you want to overcome. Also without “diving into the emotion” so completely that you become overwhelmed. Over time you continue to experience the emotion and associated feelings, moving deeper into the practice.
Soothing mental impressions
Yoga Nidra provides a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. Especially Yoga Nidra will serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress. A samskara (mental groove) is formed by a repetitive thought or habit. Soon that is deepened in the mind and body, creating a mental impression (groove) over time. Likewise these impressions cause negative reactions and emotions which prevent a unification of the five layers (koshas) of one’s self. In summary if these negative emotions continue to plague you, the mental/emotional layer of the self is unable to integrate with the other layers. For example the physical, energetic, higher wisdom, and bliss body. In summary this is where yoga nidra can be especially helpful.
Powerful relaxation technique
A sankalpa is used as a statement of intention at the beginning of the Yoga Nidra practice. You might come into the practice knowing what you would like to work on. In this case the intention, often prompted by the teacher, is then set at the beginning of the practice. Accordingly when a samskara arises during the practice, you could touch upon the feelings that arise, and then allow yourself to experience these feelings more and more. So then working with this method (and feeling secure throughout the journey), with each subsequent practice you move deeper into a samskara. As a result you are better able to understand your reaction, and then ultimately allow the samskara to release into the ocean of consciousness. At that point, it is no longer a deep impression. Finally you are liberated from that samskara!
Now you know Yoga Nidra is an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being. For instance if it is practiced with consistency and awareness, you will likely discover that you find a good amount of peace in a short period of time. As an example, Patanjali wrote the Yoga sutras which give clear directions on how to achieve the most out of life. Still not convinced read our article on the 7 benefits of Yoga Seniors Bondi.
Please note all face to face classes are temporarily cancelled until social isolation regulations are relaxed.
There are so many benefits to choosing to commit to a regular Yoga Therapy class. Currently our classes are online – you can find out more here.
Online Yoga for over 40’s is perfect for you if you experience:-
aching stiff muscles,
ageing creaks and groans,
stress related conditions
or pre and post surgery etc..
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Yoga combined with Ayurveda is a Therapy suitable is for everyone. You will experience long lasting effects throughout the week. It is gentle and feels like an internal massage.
Online Yoga Therapy for over 40’s class is perfect because Zoe is a senior herself who has over 35 years of training and experience using yoga therapy to maintain excellent health. She will guide you to look after yourself through the many transformational changes in life. And as a free bonus, we will invite you into my FB group – where you can run class replays at a time that suits you.
4 classes a week
4 week programs (start anytime)
Good Morning Yoga – Monday’s 7:30-8:15am followed by Q&A
Chair Yoga Works – Wednesday’s 12 -12:45 followed by Q&A
Yoga Nidra – Deep relaxation 1- 1:30pm followed by Q&A
Sleepy time Yoga – Thursday’s 8:30-9:15pm
Usual price $100
Introductory offer $69
For more information call Zoe +61 407 956 071 or send us a note – we love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org