Yoganidra – lie down, rest, and remember the self

You’ll find my Yoga Nidra recordings below (and on the Yoganidra Network) so you can practise any time – I often include live yoganidra in my weekly group classes (Tuesdays/Wednesdays) too.

What is it? Nidra means sleep, so together it means Yogic Sleep or Sleep of the Yogis, and refers to a state of deep rest, where the body and intellectual (thinking) mind are sleeping but you’re fully conscious / aware, enabling reconnection with the inner self. This blissful state of yoganidra has many names, here’s a few you might have heard of, the true self, the inner self, true nature, pure consciousness, Samadhi, Turiya, the source, eccetera.

It is a practise of non-doing – it is a state of simply Being.

The mind literally slows down, as measured by brainwave changes (If you’re interested, during a typical nidra practise you shift from Beta /wakefulness to Alpha /Deep Relaxation and sometimes verge on Theta waves / Dreamlike. With regular practise the yogi might glimpse pure consciousness, evident by Delta waves only usually seen during (unconscious) non-REM sleep).

Some key benefits: Deep rest and rejuvenation | enables self healing | stress reduction | helpful for anxiety & depression | boost energy levels | connection with inner wisdom | spark creativity | problem solving | emotional regulation | suitable for people with heart disease or high blood-pressure as it reduces blood-pressure | can help with disordered sleep | supports trauma processing | alleviate PTSD symptoms |… and many, many more.

If you’re interested or intrigued to learn more about yoganidra, give my yoga therapy dissertation a little read, within it I have condensed an extensive body of research into a readable essay.

Yoganidra in Nature – this yoganidra was recorded in the peaceful Welsh countryside of the Usk valley. 

Stress Reduction / Calming nidra – yoganidra to alleviate stress, worries, anxiety, unhelpful thoughts and calm body-mind-spirit

Cultivating Gratitude / Kritajna Hum – yoganidra for embracing gratitude / kritajna hum (I am grateful) 

Cultivating or Returning to Joy / Anandamaya kosha – a heart centred yoganidra, focused on connecting with joy and the bliss body (anandamaya kosha)

Energy Balancing / balancing Ida & Pingala nadis – this energy body (pranamaya kosha) nidra focuses on balancing Ida and Pingala nadis (energy channels), through a combination of breath, awareness and visualization. 

Ocean nidra, resting in stillness, our true nature – this ocean nidra is inspired by the beautiful teachings of Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayan Institute.