An increase in mental health disorders has been observed in the adult world population in recent years. Due to the way we all live with high-pressure careers and demands, and are unable to find an outlet to release and relax, global estimates for the prevalence of anxiety and stress disorders are significantly high. People have been looking for relaxation techniques as a result of this. Yoga Nidra is one such form that has gained popularity.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a deep state of conscious rest, an ancient style of meditation that is gaining popularity. It can be included as a weekend or end-of-week offering for complete relaxation and rest.
Yoga Nidra is also known as “yogic sleep.” Yoga means ‘union,’ while nidra means’sleep.’ It is a transitional state between sleep and consciousness. It promotes deep emotional, mental, and physical healing by reprogramming your brain and assisting in the process of self-exploration and self-actualization. It is a distinct type of guided meditation. A Yoga Nidra session lasts about 30 minutes.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra?
Improved thought patterns and stress reduction. Yoga Nidra practice improves cognitive function, which improves memory and concentration by making more room in the brain.
Setting intentions for yourself is an important step in guided meditation. These intentions are known as’ sankalpa’ – this is your deepest desire/intent and the goal you set for yourself at the start of the practice to help boost self-confidence.
Yoga Nidra is extremely effective in treating sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep deprivation. It is extremely effective at balancing all of the layers of the body, including the emotional, mental, and physical. This also aids in the reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms.
It is also extremely beneficial in the treatment of menstrual irregularities. It promotes heart health by lowering blood pressure and strengthening the immune system.
Yoga Nidra Steps :
- Making an intention and lying flat on your back with your arms stretched out by your sides.
- For added comfort, place a folded blanket or cushion behind your neck for support, and another cushion or folded blanket under your knees.
- Close your eyes. To begin with, mentally repeat the intention three times.
- Take a few deep breaths into your chest and stomach, emphasizing the deep inhalations and exhalations.
- Starting with your left side, rotate your awareness through all parts of that side of your body in quick succession, limb by limb.
- Rotate in the same manner on the left side, finishing with whole-body awareness. You will achieve a sufficient level of relaxation.
- Three times, reaffirm your initial intention.
- Prepare mentally to return to your physical state and to the room and consciousness where you are.
- Move your toes and fingers gently for a few moments, then take a deep breath.
- Gently open your eyes and return to the present moment, feeling completely refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated!