Not all types of yoga are based on physical exercise. Within the practice of yoga, there is also a tradition of meditation which requires the body to be still and relaxed, allowing you to focus on the breath and still your thoughts.
Yoga Nidra (or yogic sleep) is a form of yoga originating in India approximately 1700 years ago that aims to take you into a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, using guided meditation techniques.
It is usually practiced laying down on the floor in Savasana (or corpse pose) but if that’s not comfortable, it’s possible to practice Yoga Nidra from a seated position. Once comfortable and relaxed (bring a pillow and blanket as the session usually takes around 20 minutes) I will gently guide your awareness to each part of your body, sensing how each part feels individually and as a whole.
The intention is to work on both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, leading you towards a deeper meditation and into a state that exists between waking and sleeping. In fact, Yoga Nidra is often used to help people who suffer from insomnia.
Who can practice Yoga Nidra? Anyone, even children, can practice Yoga Nidra and its benefits can range from simply feeling as though you’ve had a refreshing nap to releasing tension and trauma. If you’d like to know more about Yoga Nidra and how it could help you, please contact me on 07947 653380 or email email@example.com . I’d love to hear from you.