Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain.
While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. And even if you can’t lie down on the floor, you can still do this practice seated. At this particular point, our physical bodies are in a state of complete relaxation, very much like deep sleep or meditation, and the yoga Nidra practitioner begins to become increasingly and systematically aware of the deeper inner world by following a series of verbal prompts and instructions.
Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation. The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health. Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions.