Yoga Nidra is a simple yet profound meditation practice that has been used for deep relaxation, stress management and whole body restoration. It is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental
and emotional relaxation by using techniques such as breath awareness, body sensing and visualisation.
What is yoga nidra
Regarded as a tantric practice, Yoga Nidra is a technique where you learn to deeply relax whilst maintaining inner awareness. Although it is referred to as yogic sleep, the state of awareness during yoga nidra falls somewhere between waking, sleeping and dreaming, where the body ‘sleeps’ but the mind is lucid.
This effortless meditation requires no previous experience, you don’t need to actively listen, or even try to understand everything I’m saying.
In fact trying too hard can sometimes hinder the process. It’s usually best if you’re able to allow your consciousness to drift through the different stages. This is all done whilst lying down in a cosy “nidra nest” of pillows and blankets.
There is constant verbal guidance throughout with only short periods of silence, this is so you can use my voice as an anchor to keep coming back to during the practice.
How does it work
During a Yoga Nidra practice your brain activity slows and moves through different layers of consciousness which are associated with varying brainwaves.
The states of awareness and consciousness that you’ll be guided through allows you to transcend conscious thinking and dive deep into subconscious memory. In these states we can transcend barriers of personality, gain insight and reprogram old unhelpful unconscious programming without triggering any emotional responses or re-traumatising ourselves.
Yoga Nidra restores your mind and body in a shorter timeframe than conventional sleep. It allows us to slow down and move through the active beta waves to the meditative alpha waves, to the insightful and creative theta waves and finally the deeply restorative delta waves.
Physiologically, Yoga Nidra literally changes the fluctuations of the mind; by slowing down brain wave frequencies. This transition calms our nervous system and restores balance. Yoga Nidra became an essential part of my every day in the postpartum period because in early motherhood long periods of restful sleep are pretty much non-existent. It totally saved me in so many ways and the fact that scientific studies have found that regularly practicing Yoga Nidra positively correlates with neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and melatonin only further adds to the benefits.
Many of us believe that regular sleep is restful but to experience this overnight restoration we have to be free from any muscular, cognitive and
emotional tension. In order to fully relax you must release any tensions within the body. The practice of Yoga Nidra involves the systematic relaxation of
Yoga Nidra is practiced for its physical and psychological transformational effects. Scientific research has demonstrated its efficacy for helping with sleep difficulties, trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, emotional and physical tension, while also encouraging increased creativity, motivation, restoration and vitality.
Other Benefits include:
Deep whole body healing
Helpful for people with chronic pain
Used therapeutically for PTSD &a C-PTSD
Regulation of hormones
Reduction in menstrual disorders
Increased Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
Reduces cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety
Greater clarity and problem solving
Brings deep insights
Access to states of joy and bliss
Counteracts stress - both preventative and curative
Access to subconscious - reprogramming of unhelpful patterns
I decided to train in this transformative and nourishing yoga technique back in 2016. My training was with Nirlipta Tuli from Total Yoga Nidra which offers a non-dogmatic approach that respects and explores a full range of practice methods from traditional schools of yoga nidra.
I felt drawn to this school as it encourages an inclusive and creative approach to Yoga Nidra whereby one is free to express yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked forms.
My Yoga Nidras are infused with things that inspire me like nature’s wisdom and its cycles, poetry, womb awakening, the beauty and pain of being human,
and all those everyday moments of connection. This creative approach allows me to share responsive and appropriate Yoga Nidras for your healing and
Private 1-1 Yoga Nidra
Imagine experiencing a yoga nidra that fully supports and honours where you are in your life and how you want to move forwards. Totally personalised and crafted to your needs, this is a true gift to yourself or your loved ones.
Our lives naturally ebb and flow and extra support in both those phases are important. The possibilities of how Yoga Nidra can be utilised are limitless as it can be used as both preventative and curative medicine. Yoga Nidra can help us to deeply rest, get unstuck, re-pattern unhelpful thoughts, unleash our creativity, realise our full potential and access more joy.
Based on our consultation I will craft a unique Yoga Nidra especially for your with your needs and intentions at the forefront. Maybe you’re depleted and anxious, desperately searching for something to restore and balance your nervous system. Or perhaps you’re looking to improve emotional regulation or enhance your creativity at a pace that works for you. Whatever it is, this practice is truly magical and transformative!
How to book
Please email Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org with your reasons for exploring a personalised yoga nidra. After the initial enquiry you can purchase the private session and book in for a 30 minute consultation where we’ll discuss in detail your reason for seeking a personalised Nidra and what you hope to gain and experience from it.
This consultation is a perfect opportunity to have as much input into what will become your bespoke Yoga Nidra. Co-creating a Yoga Nidra in this way can be potent medicine on your healing journey. After this consultation I will formulate and record your Nidra and also create some personalised intentions that can be used to enhance the practice.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- 30 min consultation
- Bespoke Yoga Nidra recording and personalised intentions will be emailed to you within 10 days.
- I can also offer the Yoga Nidra in person should you wish to experience it in this way also.
• Online or available locally in Fareham and surrounding areas.
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