YOGA NIDRA, DYNAMIC RELAXATION, OR THE ART OF NAPPING
Yoga Nidra is a highly effective practice of dynamic relaxation that reduces stress, improves sleep, increases immune function, and can help relieve chronic pain and fatigue. If you feel like you never get enough sleep, or you are exhausted by the end of a busy work day – this is the practice for you! Refill your well with this gentle practice.
Yoga Nidra can be safely practiced by people of all ages, sizes and mobilities. All that is required is the ability to sit or lie down in a comfortable position. I will guide you into a state of relaxation and through a series of awareness practices such as body scanning, conscious breathing, and guided visualization. You may want to wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket and/or a pillow.
Yoga Nidra is the state of consciousness between sleeping consciousness and waking consciousness where the relaxation response and regeneration occur. This healing practice relieves stress patterns by retraining the nervous system to relax which creates a natural setting for the body to heal itself. Yoga Nidra is the perfect supplement to yoga, therapy, meditation, and other healing modality.
In Yoga Nidra the brain enters into healing theta brainwaves (the same as in deep REM sleep), the body enters into its healing parasympathetic response, and we are able to release samskaras - the energetic/emotional blockages and patterns that can drain energy and restrict your life. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep!
A growing body of research indicates that mind-body approaches can help people interweave healthy lifestyle practices into their daily lives that help alleviate pain, promote better sleep, increase resiliency, reduce anxiety and teach self-care management into their daily lives at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapies.
Studies conducted at Stanford, the University of Missouri, University of Ohio, and others have shown Yoga Nidra techniques to be effective to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, and addiction, to lower cholesterol, to increase feelings of well being and calm, to enhance creativity and motivation, to strengthen the endocrine system, and balance the nervous system.
A 2005 study at Walter Reed Army Medical Center found Yoga Nidra techniques highly effective in reducing PTSD symptomology in veterans. iRest, a specific protocol of Yoga Nidra techniques, is currently being used in treatment programs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and over 30 other VA and army hospital sites across the US.