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Yoga Nidra to Promote Deep Relaxation

Corinne Andrews - Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Comments (0)


Personally, I found pregnancy and motherhood to be very exhausting.  Especially those first five years of the postpartum time.  Yes, you heard me...5 years is what I consider to be the postpartum phase!  Seated meditation became harder than before having kids because my nervous system was frayed, my back hurt, and I was so tired.  Yoga Nidra became a life saving practice for me during those years.  It is a practice I return to over and over again now that my kids are older and I'm out in the world working more.

Yoga Nidra is a practice that is derived from the Tantric tradition.  Nidra means sleep but it is not sleep as you know it – it is more so the state of deep, restorative rest. It is different from napping because afterwards you feel refreshed.  It is as if you had slept and yet because you maintain awareness during the guided practice, you leave the practice refreshed, rather than groggy . You can benefit from it greatly, especially when practiced daily. It will help to calm and balance your nervous system and digestive system.

The Yoga Nidra practice offers a profound experience of calm, rest, stillness and grounding. Yoga Nidra will take you on a journey which will then bring you to your core ~ the core of yourself, which is simple, radiant, and pure.  Its that part of you that is the peaceful ground of being, inside and underneath the layers of emotion and to-do lists and personality.

Practicing Yoga Nidra: To practice Yoga Nidra you will want to set yourself up comfortably on your left side, your back or any other comfortable restorative postures like the photo of a pregnant woman shown here in this post.  Please note that if you do take a baddha konasana like this photo shows, you might need to release your legs out straight with a bolster underneath your knees about halfway through.  Therefore you might want to take a more traditional savasana/corpse pose.  Be sure you have plenty of supports under you so that you can truly let your physical body melt down.  You can use simple self-guided Yoga Nidra, focusing on your breath and releasing tension through various parts of the body (which is what I do most often these days), soft music or a recording of a guided Yoga Nidra practice.

Follow THIS link for two different versions of Yoga Nidra that I made for women during pregnancy

I hope you will make time to try or to continue your practice of yoga nidra!