I did Yoga Nidra for the primary time again in 2018 throughout my first yoga instructor coaching. “Nidra” is the Sanskrit phrase for “sleep,” so you possibly can consider it as precisely that: yogic sleep.
It is a apply that entails the practitioner mendacity in savasana for upwards of an hour (although you are able to do shorter practices), as they’re guided right into a deeply relaxed, dreamlike state. You progress your consciousness round your physique, discover your breath, visualize calming issues—and finally really feel such as you’re someplace between awake and asleep.
It was extremely stress-free that first time I attempted it, however I admittedly by no means included it into my private apply or my courses. Lately, although, I used to be attempting to get out of the behavior of doomscrolling earlier than mattress, so I made a decision to tug up a Yoga Nidra video. Half an hour later, I used to be out like a lightweight—and the following morning, I keep in mind being struck with the belief that I truly felt alert.
So I did it once more, and once more, and once more. Every time, I awoke the following morning with out a downside, generally even earlier than my alarm. And now on the nights that I do not do it, I can positively really feel the distinction within the morning, so it is turn into considerably of a newfound staple in my routine.
And it is actually no surprise, contemplating this historic apply has been trusted in yogic tradition since as early as 1,000 B.C.E.—to not point out the scientific literature is beginning to catch up.
In a single latest examine on Yoga Nidra for insomnia, researchers concluded that Yoga Nidra is a “well-tolerated, possible intervention for adults reporting insomnia.” In further latest analysis, examine authors say that Yoga Nidra apply “improves cognitive processing and helps enhance night-time sleep in wholesome novices.”