You’ll find Yoga Nidra recordings on SoundCloud, so you can practise any time 🙂
I also teach Live Nidra Weekly on Thursdays 6pm – 7pm, during the latter part of Restorative yoga – a gentle asana practise can enable the body-mind to relax ready for Nidra thus enhancing the experience of deep rest and rejuvenation.
What is it? Nidra means sleep, so together it means Yogic Sleep or Sleep of the Yogis, and refers to a state of deep relaxation, where the body and intellectual (thinking) mind are sleeping/resting but you’re fully conscious / awake / aware. This blissful state has many names, true nature, pure consciousness, Turiya, Samadhi, the source, to name a few.
It is a practise of non-doing. We begin by guiding the physical body to rest deeply, together with calming breathing to regulate the body-mind.
As the body relaxes, the mind calms. 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 | creativity | problem solving | emotion regulation | can help with disordered sleep | trauma processing | PTSD |… and many, many more.