Yoga Nidra – time to relax!
Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) is given at the end of 90-minute yoga classes and Laughter Yoga classes at Yoga’scool. This time spent lying down allows your body to settle after the stretching and strengthening asanas of yoga class, or the highs of laughter in Laughter Wellness. It also gives you a most wonderful, stress-relieving experience that will set you up for a peaceful day or a really good night’s sleep.
Here’s more about Yoga Nidra…
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a method of inducing complete mental, emotional and physical relaxation. It was adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from ancient tantric yoga practices and is today used to bring about deep relaxation, stress relief and harmony in the deeper unconscious.
As you would be aware in yourself, tension accumulates in the muscular, emotional and mental layers of the body. Each of these bodies are closely interrelated, so if one has tension, the others will also. These tensions affect how you feel and behave in your day-to-day life, and can contribute to psychological tensions.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is simple: the student lies on the floor (or sits in a chair if that’s more comfortable), closes their eyes and follows the teacher’s guiding voice through body awareness, breathing practices, visualisations and other techniques to bring about harmony in the body and mind. The body is completely still while the mind remains alert.
You may not be able to remove all of the stressful things in your life, but you can learn how to cope and manage them. Regular practice of Yoga Nidra enables the progressive release of tensions – think of it as a refuelling your car, taking it to the mechanic for a tune-up, and so on. Just 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra gives you the energy equivalent of about two hours’ sleep.
According to scientific research, Yoga Nidra can benefit the following conditions: heart disease, high blood pressure, leukaemia, hypertension, asthma, anxiety, stress and insomnia. Yoga Nidra can be helpful for: enhancing healthy growth of a foetus during pregnancy; relieving menstrual disorder pain; enhancing learning, memory and concentration; and developing stress resistance. Most of all, it’s a very enjoyable experience!
Molly Furzer has been practising yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2007. She teaches gentle yoga to adults and Kids & Family Yoga in the Rainbow Kids Yoga method. She also teaches Laughter Yoga and offers Meliae Intuitive Healing and Past Life Regression Therapy.