Rewire the Brain with Yogic Sleep
Yogic sleep, or yoga nidra in Sanskrit, is the practice of conscious sleep. So, you are asleep...but not. As we move through the stages of the practice, the brain is led through all the healing patterns that occur while asleep but you are to remain fully awake and aware.
There are eight stages to the practice that are all performed as a guided meditation while lying in savasana. Through the practice we will settle in and set an intention. The intention in yoga nidra is known as Sankalpa, which is a short, easy to remember intention that we wish to resolve or achieve and is set in a positive, present tense statement. For example, if you wish to no longer engage in road rage, your statement could be “ I am an understanding and compassionate driver.” Next, your awareness is rotated through specific points on the body and then breath counting guided by the teacher. Then you will be guided through sense perception and visualizations. Finally, we will reinforce the Sankalpa and return into a waking state. This practice lasts between 30-60 minutes depending on your level of practice. The more advanced, the longer you can stay in the yogic sleeping state.
Yoga nidra can be used as an aid to healing the patterns of the mind that attribute to issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and general behaviors we recognize as no longer useful. It can enable and empower you to let go of what no longer serves a purpose in life. The practice is very restful for the brain and is said to be equivalent to one hour of sleep for every fifteen minutes you are at rest.
This practice will be coming to Balance Me Yoga in the near future.
Hope to see you there.
By Tess Guessford