"Sandy's warmth, clarity, and presence were so helpful to me as she led me through Yoga Nidra practice. She embodied ease and non-judgment, which allowed me the freedom to feel a full range of emotions in the meditation. She was a supportive and caring guide." ~ Christine
"Thanks to her calm, steady voice and her soothing presence, Sandy provided a truly enjoyable guided meditation. I emerged both refreshed and relaxed with a deep sense of peace." ~ Anne
"This meditation is the thing that got me through this week. Just going back to that peaceful feeling got me through." ~ Sandy
"The rhythm and cadence was comforting" ~ Emma
"Ahhhh, peace." ~ Debbie
"That was amazing!" ~ Katherine
What Is Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a proven remedy for modern day stress. The name translates as 'the sleep of the yogi' but that's a bit of a misnomer as it leads practitioners into a deep rest that has us poised at the edge of sleep while the mind stays inwardly alert. It has been described as dynamic sleep where our bodies are led to a deeply relaxed state and the brain moves through beta states, allowing for relaxation and healing.
This simple practice creates deep psychological and physical relaxation, while mental functions stay functional and alert. It triggers the body's relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as well as the left and right brain. It takes you out of fight-flight-freeze and allows the body to function in a stress-free state. This promotes healing at deep levels.
The Yoga Nidra practice Sandy was trained in uses body sensing, breath awareness, guided imagery and other practices to lead you through the levels of being--physical body, energy-breath body, mental-emotional body, intuitive-witness body and the bliss body. These are our koshas and tending to all of them leaves us feeling connected to our whole self.
All we need to do to experience this peace, relaxation, healing, and connection is lie back and listen.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra moves our bodies and brains into the same modes as deep sleep, while still being awake. This allows our bodies to function as they do during those sleep cycles, repairing and restoring on many levels. The repair and restoration can impact and improve many issues we experience that impact our physical and mental health. Some of the ways Yoga Nidra can help are:
Improve blood pressure
Better heart rate variables
Regulate hormone irregularities in women
Fewer fluctuations in blood glucose of type-2 diabetics
Strengthen immune system
Increase blood flow to the heart
Balance and strengthen the endocrine system
Yoga Nidra balances the autonomic nervous system which allows relief for a host of issues ranging from stress and anxiety to PTSD.
Who's Using Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a simple, accessible program which can be done in a variety of settings. This, paired with participants' results, are fueling a growing trend. Yoga Nidra is being used in a wide variety of venues by many organizations such as: military bases, veterans' clinics, hospitals, hospices, chemical dependency centers, homeless shelters, Montessori schools, Head Start programs, and jails. Additionally, the practice is being researched. Scientists, doctors and researchers are looking at the effect of this practice on a host of issues ranging from brain injury to blood pressure to mental health issues and resiliency. Researchers are examining the practice's potential to help medical staff and high-stress workers avoid depression and burnout. They are looking at the possibilities for helping soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, addicts in recovery, individuals undergoing cancer treatment, people with depression, MS, high blood pressure and more.
Yoga Nidra is also being practiced in yoga studios; sometimes on its own and often at the end of a yoga session.
If you are interested in bringing Yoga Nidra to your business, practice, organization, or community, contact Sandy.
Yoga Nidra has drawn a lot of attention, so much so that it is being researched at many notable universities and medical centers. Studies have found that it relieves stress, reduces anxiety, lowers heart rate and has a variety of positive effects on our mind, emotions, and body. If you'd like to learn more click here to visit my Yoga Nidra Research page.
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