An exploration of the benefits of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an effortless and nourishing yoga practice that involves no physical movement, simply resting and listening. It is an adaptive, meditative state of being that anyone can access to find healing, nourishment and liberation.

From lowering blood pressure to improving self-esteem, if you’ve ever heard someone speak about the benefits of Yoga Nidra, you’re probably curious to find out which are true. This ancient practice, also referred to as psychic sleep, has a profound effect on the mind, body and spirit; in this article we explore how. 

Physical Benefits

Yoga Nidra works in tangent with the nervous system, the part of us that takes control of automatic processes such as sleep; through this it is able to provide a truly restful experience while the consciousness remains awake. 

In learning to activate the parasympathetic (rest and digest) part of the nervous system through breathing and mind-body connection, there are a number of effects on the body.

The first is an increase in melatonin- a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce cortisol (stress) levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce tension. This has a direct correlation with improved sleep quality too.

By accessing this deeper sleep, the immune system is strengthened and cholesterol levels can be lowered. Yoga Nidra is therefore linked to a restoration of vital energy and reduced pain. 

Mental & Spiritual Benefits

It helps to think of Yoga Nidra as the daily sweep of the house, but for the mind.  Removing toxic aspects from day to day life, allowing disconnection from the thoughts and providing space to truly think, it improves memory and clears the way for spiritual progress.

The practice has been linked to reduced levels of depression and anxiety; by slowing the mind and putting the body into a state of calm, it can help people to alter their thought patterns and diminishes negative feelings. The U.S. Army Surgeon has even endorsed it for the treatment of PTSD.

By connecting, or reconnecting, with the self, you’ll learn to release that which doesn’t serve you and to move more towards the consciousness underneath the everyday.

To learn more about Yoga Nidra take a look at our free Yoga Nidra library here 

or take look atUma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirilpta Tuli”s latest book: Yoga Nidra Made Easy

Welcome home to your rested self.

Welcome to yoga nidrā, an effortless horizontal meditation upon the moment of falling asleep. Let yoga nidrā help you rediscover your essence as a well-slept, creative human, fully awake to life’s wonder. 

In Yoga Nidrā Made Easy, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirilpta Tuli demystify yoga nidrā, and share simple recipes to taste the deeply restorative experience of this lying-down meditation.  No need to move a muscle, just read and listen to rest. Co-founders of The Yoga Nidrā Network, Uma and Nirlipta, make the ancient yogic art of yoga nidrā so clear and simple that everyone can experience its benefits easily.

These 44 audio recordings are specifically intended to support the yoga nidra programme described in Yoga Nidra Made Easy (Hay House 2022). The recordings are an integral part of the process of learning to do yoga nidrā easily for yourself, which is what Yoga Nidra Made Easy empowers readers to do. The audio recordings only make sense if you have read the book. 

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"Yoga nidrā is an effortless state of restfulness in the form of a horizontal meditation that takes place just on the threshold of sleep"

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