Rest, Relax, Renew – also known as Yoga Nidra
Yoga nidra is an ancient, but little-known, Eastern practice that’s becoming increasingly popular in the West as both a form of deep meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation that typically is done for 35 to 40 minutes at a time. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep” is a sleep-like state which people experience during their meditations. The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. Yoga nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state.
Most people are attempting to change themselves. The Nidra allows people time to be quiet in a safe and quiet environment and get to know and accept themselves.
It helps in relieving muscular, emotional, and mental tension.
Yoga Nidra relaxes the mind by relieving stress and anxiety.
It is used in the treatment of depression, nervous imbalances, and insomnia.
It trains the mind and helps in enhancing memory and increasing learning capacity.
Yogic sleep also results in increased energy levels.
Yoga Nidra not only detoxifies the body, but also clears up the subconscious.
It stimulates creativity.
It also leads to improved senses and more cultivated body awareness.
In my thirties when I recognized the effects of my childhood abuse was having on my life I sought professional help and was diagnosed with PTSD. As an adult I dealt with those effects with therapy and medication. As a child I had a more natural way to start each day renewed. At night I’d lie in bed at night and, in my mind, I’d perform the ritual of mentally washing and rinsing my ears, eyes, tongue, hands, and each offending body part determined to erase all traces of my bad behavior, as well as the perverse abuse I’d received for it. I was determined to start the next day fresh and further determined to be perfect and not make any more mistakes….EVER. Well, what can I say, I was young.
ONLY if you…
…have lost a loved one.
…have experienced mental or physical trauma.
…suffer from insomnia and/or other symptoms of PTSD.
…are a veteran.
…are a Senior.
…need to relax.
…are a human.
…or are a dog that can lie quietly for 35 to 40 minutes.