Try Yoga Nidra
If you’ve never heard of yoga nidra, essentially it’s a type of “yogic sleep” where you’re aiming to get yourself right in that sweet spot between being awake and falling asleep, whilst following a guided meditation through a number of deeply relaxing exercises. In my view, it’s one of the most accessible types of yoga/meditation – as long as you can lie down with your back straight whilst listening and following instructions, it’s open to pretty much anyone.
Said to have been practised by Patanjali and the Buddha themselves amongst numerous other enlightened masters since circa 700 BC under the dualist philosophy of Sankhya, a regular yoga nidra practice unlocks various benefits:
It’s commonly reported that 45 minutes of yoga nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of normal sleep due to the deeper levels of brain wave activation accessed.
Regularly accessing deeper levels of relaxation naturally reduces how stressed a person feels.
Improves Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety
The less stressed we feel the less depressed and anxious we’re likely to feel too.
Feeling less stressed, depressed and anxious as well as well-rested and restored allows the mind to expand and feel an urge to create.
All that prana (life-force energy) flowing round the body afterwards feels awesome!
In fact the hardest part of yoga nidra for many is in trying not to fall asleep! For this reason, as well as to ensure that your spine stays straight, I’d suggest practising yoga nidra on a yoga mat rather than on a bed or couch.
If you’re interested in having a go yourself, I’d suggest heading over to You Tube or finding a well-recommended class close to you to be guided in person for your first time. Let me know how you find it.
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Remember to always discuss suitability of any new practice with your healthcare practitioner to ensure appropriateness for your needs.