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5 Life Altering Benefits of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, commonly known as yogic sleep, is an incredibly powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While resting comfortably, you enter a deep, relaxed state through guided meditation. Here are five benefits of developing a Yoga Nidra practice.

1. Release stress and pain

As we navigate through this time of COVID-19, most of us are experiencing a greater level of stress and anxiety. Practicing Yoga Nidra improves emotional self-regulation and can lower levels of depression, anxiety and pain. Stress related illness can be remediated and even eliminated through the consistent practice of Yoga Nidra.

2. Improve your sleep

It is well-known that a habitual lack of sleep leads to other stress related illnesses. Because Yoga Nidra slows the activity of your brainwaves, incorporating the practice into your daily routine prepares you for the best sleep possible. In addition, one 30-40 minute session of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to approximately 3 hours of sleep and minimizes your sleep debt.

3. Detach from your thoughts

Sounds easy enough right? It takes a conscious effort to overcome the chatter and criticism of the mind. The good news is that there is power in being still if we allow ourselves to practice it. Yoga Nidra can assist you to reach a calm state where you simply recognize your thoughts as they come and go. With practice, you will develop a deeper awareness in this resting state and begin to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.” ― Sogyal Rinpoche

4. Get In Tune with yourself and practice self care

Yoga Nidra is for everyone regardless of your past yoga experience or your current physical condition. Give yourself permission to truly focus on your health and wellness each and every day. You may be surprised how the practice will create more ease in your life and improve interactions through this restful experience.

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5. Enjoy life to the fullest

Regular Yoga Nidra practice will shift your perspective and help you alter your routines for the better. Over time, you will view the world in a new way as you draw strength and joy from your environment and living in the present moment. Even when you are most challenged, it will be easier to become a neutral observer and seemlessly find joy, happiness and appreciation.

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Leah is trained and certified in the Integrated Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra.

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