Yoga nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the „going-to-sleep“ stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses with four of his or her senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness.
Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In a world where the mind is always busy on the to dos, a regular practice will have the benefits of reducing stress, anxiety and mild depression. With an instructor present, there is no need to be experienced to join a class, and if during a session you happen to zone out for a moment, it’s totally fine! This means that’s what exactly your headspace needed and it will improve overtime, I promise