Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep.
Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight.
In most meditation techniques you remain in waking state of consciousness. In Yoga Nidra, using techniques to gently focus the mind, using body scanning, breath, sensations and visualisations arise and go you leave the waking state, go beyond the dreaming state, and go to deep sleep, yet remain awake.
Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. It is said that just half an hour of yoga nidra is the equivalent of 4 hours regular sleep.
The practice of yoga nidra can bring many benefits, including reducing tension and anxiety, and symptoms of the autonomic nervous system such as anxiety, headaches, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain.
Yoga nidra is accessible to all walks of life, from children to seniors, and people with injuries.
No special equipment is required, all that is needed is for your body to lie down on the floor or sit up in a chair and be guided. It can be done anytime of the day.
Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held tensions and emotions.
Yoga nidra can serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress. A samskara (karma imprint) is formed by a repetitive thought or habit that is deepened in the mind and body, creating a mental impression (imprint) over time.
Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest states of relaxation your body can be in while maintaining full consciousness. You remain in a state of lucid dreaming, are cognizant of your dream environment, but have little or no awareness of your actual environment.
This is the place that healing can occur as we let our nervous system relax and then the body can focus on rest and restoration, bring replenishment, re-vitalisation and re-balancing.
Bringing you back to harmony with more energy, more awareness and more contentment for life.
Zoe can guide a yoga nidra session as a mediation by itself, or in conjunction with a yin yoga or restorative class to complete the session.