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Yoga Nidra - Meditation for Deep Relaxation

Yoga Nidra - Meditation for Deep Relaxation

This 20 minute guided meditation will bring you into a state of deep relaxation; bringing your consciousness to that place between waking and sleeping - where the mind becomes quiet in deep, blissful awareness.

You can do this practice at any time of day, but I personally like to do it when I feel my energy dipping in the afternoon (it’s more potent than a power nap), or right before bed, especially when I feel wired or I’m having trouble falling asleep.

In case you’ve never heard of ‘Yoga Nidra’, this is an ancient yogic practice (otherwise known as yogic sleep). I’ve taken part in many guided Yoga Nidra sessions over the years, but I learned to facilitate this technique myself when I did my Yoga Teacher Training in 2022 with Elements Academy in Noosa, Australia.

A little more about how this technique works:

(The following information comes from my Yoga Teacher Training manual provided by Elements Yoga Academy)

The Sanskrit word ‘Nidra’ translates to ‘sleep’, but it is important to note that we are not aiming to fall asleep during this practice. If you do fall asleep, that’s okay, but the goal is to bring the mind to that sweet spot between alpha and delta brainwave states.

Yoga Nidra helps us to detach from constant thoughts, reset our brain and connect deeply to ourselves and intentions. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and release tension from the body. It can also help increase self-awareness, focus, and clarity of mind. So many benefits!

A ‘Sankalpa’ (intention) is set during this practice. This is a statement of our intention for our highest self, set to bring about positive change in our life and guide us towards our true self and highest purpose.

What You Will Need

  • A quiet place where you will be undisturbed and can lay down in a ‘Savasana’ position (either on a yoga mat, bed, etc.)

  • OPTIONAL: Eye pillow, blanket. Whatever is going to help you go even deeper into your relaxation!

Enjoyed this practice? Leave a comment below!

The Modern Mystic
The Modern Mystic With Hannah Rose Deacon
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