–and you don’t need to be a practiced yogi or meditator to enjoy the benefits.
You don’t even need to go to a class or pay a teacher with today’s audio downloads and smartphone apps. All you need is a place where you won’t be interrupted for a short time and it can be done in any physical orientation (sitting, lying down, or even standing. Through guided imagery, breathing and body scanning, you submerge yourself into a restful, healing state that is a unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation-yoga nidra. Your brain waves slow to the alpha state or even theta, where you are able to tap into your subconscious mind and source of intuition, creativity and healing while remaining aware and conscious.
As you scan your body and explore sensations, emotions, and thought patterns you will be guided to move back and forth between feeling and witnessing, observing without responding, as your nervous system unwinds and comes into balance.
Through the integrative process that that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, it quickly relieves anxiety and slows the fight or flight response. Stress hormones are reduced, blood pressure and heart rates decline and the metabolic system slows down.
Since Yoga Nidra has been shown to reduce levels of stress, hostility and anxiety in chronically-ill patients, veterans and school counselors it has been integrated into a program to treat vets with PTSD.
The benefits credited to Yoga Nidra practice include both psychological and physical-
- Relief from insomnia
- Reduction of depression and anxiety
- Elimination of phobias
- General improved well-being
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Improvement in immune system function
- Pain relief
- Asthma relief
- Reduction in insulin dependence in diabetics