Yoga Nidra Reset with Sue-Ann

Yoga nidra is a guided meditative practice that aims to nudge you into a half-conscious state of “yogic” or “psychic” sleep. It’s been around for thousands of years, and research points to this waking rest giving you the benefits of several hours sleep in a few minutes.

Regardless of whether you actually go to sleep or not, the point of yoga nidra is to put you in a middle-state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness where the body can reap similar benefits as it does from standard, conked-out snoozing.

Essentially, we’re soothing our body to fall asleep while keeping the mind awake. While practicing yoga nidra, we downshift into an alpha brain wave state. Here, levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are reduced and we go into a state of healing.  Along the way, students are encouraged to meditate on a sankalpa, or an intention of something they’d like to manifest in their life, which makes this meditation very powerful.

The meditation doesn’t involve any handstands or downward dogs because here, the only balancing act to work on is the introspective one of centering your breathing. That involves focusing on long, deep belly breaths to put you into a primed state of relaxation. Mindful breathing is an effective method for reducing stress and putting you in the proper mental state for sleep.

Stress and anxiety are common culprits behind sleep deprivation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, yoga nidra can help reduce those, making it easier to catch some real-deal rest.  So come zen out with us and start you week off feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and aligned (pajamas totally optional)! 


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