I’ve been alive now for nearly 56 years. My birthday is coming up in less than two weeks when I will actually become 56 . . . So I’m going to be starting on my 57th year of life. And JUST THIS YEAR I learned what Yoga Nidra actually is!
I mean, I’ve done Yoga Nidra sessions using the app, Insight Timer, but I didn’t really know what it was. I knew I felt great afterwards, and that I could easily fall (and stay asleep) while listening to the gentle voice of the instructor taking me through the steps. What I didn’t know what what was actually happening in my body and my brain.
Wouldn’t you like to learn this BEFORE you are in the second half of life?? Or maybe you’re even older than me and haven’t known about it before now . . . Or maybe you know all about it and you’re tickled that I’m only now figuring it out.
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation which moves your brain state into a slower wavelength that is between wakefulness and sleep. It is said that Yoga Nidra is like Yoga Sleep: one hour in Yoga Nidra is just as beneficial as four hours of sleep.
I can honestly tell you when I’ve done Yoga Nidra, I cannot tell if I am awake or asleep. I don’t hear the voice of the track any longer, but I don’t go into a dream state. I’m just hovering in silence, and it’s so peaceful.
It is in this state that your body can regenerate/regulate and release cortisol, the stress hormone. With all that is going on around us, it’s a state we really need now more than ever.
With Yoga Nidra readily available on nearly every meditation app I’ve ever seen, it’s a great tool in your toolbox for Abundant Health. The tracks come in lengths both short and long, versions that “wake” you up before ending and tracks that let you move into REM sleep right after the session.
I highly recommend it!