I found myself practicing yoga nidra when my children were younger. We had just moved to Pennsylvania and I was enrolled in yoga teacher training while still nursing and up all night with my wakeful, older son, who was sick with undiagnosed Lyme disease. Yoga Nidra spoke to me right away — yoooouuu neeeeed thiiiissss – as much so or even more than asana practice! I began to practice daily. It is said that the practice resets the body as much as 3-4 hours of sleep! My experience found this to be true. It became my “go to” for exhaustion, stress, and ultimately some deep healing.
From a physical standpoint, Yoga Nidra, known as the sleep of of the yogi, is known to lower blood pressure, improve concentration and memory, regulate stress hormones, and improve sleep. It also induces a deep relaxation response and therein aids in all sorts of recovery. On a subtle level, this guided meditative practice provides a felt sense of deep inner awareness. This state of being, like in seated meditation, can lead to flashes of deep wisdom, personal insight and emotional release. The practice of yoga nidra increases the probability that during “real life” situations one can pause to respond clearly from a well-rested and centered self.
During Gentle Asana classes with Yoga Nidra, you’ll align, strengthen and breathe the body with 50 minutes of asana to prepare for 25 minutes of deep relaxation. Terri H. is among the many practitioners blissfully leaving class. She was heard saying, “Wow, after all these years, that was the first time I ever experienced savasana!”
Join Felicia for Yoga Nidra Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:15pm in Dig Lambertville