What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a powerful systematic method that allows you to reach a state of deep relaxation. When I began with this practice 4 years ago, I mainly looked at it as this comfy meditation that didn’t require sitting in a pose my body wasn’t really used to, with the high chance for my feet to fall asleep.

Well wildchild, it became much more than that, and for somebody that has no clue on how beneficial this act of self love is, I am glad you found this page on my journal. A regular yoga nidra practice allows one to dive deeper inward, to leave the mind and by relaxing the body, to enter its different layers and connect with our intuition.

Despite a deeper state of relaxation, yoga nidra is well known to relieve anxiety, mild depression and improve sleeping patterns, just to name a few benefits. Studies have shown that 45 minutes of yoga nidra feel like roughly 4 hours of sleep. And in our busy world nowadays, we could use that, right?

Every session has a different impact and can be percieved differently, plus the beauty is, there is no right or wrong in this practice. I’ve experienced it all the past years: from body parts feeling weird because of unconsciously releasing things that did not serve me anymore, to falling asleep or only being aware of a tiny part of the session. Everytime is different, and the best part to dive into it is by accepting it all no matter how the session turns out – that’s probably exactly the place you should be in.

For me personally, the most beautiful part of my own practice is the moment I set my intention, also known as sankalpa. This is made in form of a short sentence, addressing whatever heartfelt desire or area of life we want to see changing into a positive light. Usually the same sankalpa is kept into the practice until something about it changes. Personally, I let the student choose his own, and suggest 2 during a session that could fit into his current momentum. The great thing is to see how each practice adapts into our current state and how crucial some me-time can be. Even if it „only“ involves laying down comfortably on a mat.

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