The deep relaxation practice of Yoga Nidra supports physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. It is often taught at the end of a yoga class following asana (postures) and pranayama (breath practices), though it can also be practiced on its own.
And although all aspects of our yoga practice lead to this (relaxation, asana, pranayama, meditation, sense of community etc) the deep relaxation and visualisation of Yoga Nidra works on our subconscious and unconscious mind, helping us to let go (mentally, physically and emotionally), working to free blocked energy within the energy channels of subtle body (the nadis).
The practice supports deeper spiritual development as the freed energy can then be used for our personal transformation (for example of attitudes, in developing healthy detachment). It can also be particularly helpful for healing (mental and physical) and for anyone facing and living with a life changing illness.
It is a very simple practice to participate in yet its effects can be very significant. The full practice takes around 30 minutes.
I will lead the practice regularly at the Monday 5.15pm class and also on workshops and retreats.
I hope you find it a relaxing, interesting and helpful experience and please ask any questions that you may have.
I am currently training in Yoga Nidra with the Satyananda Yoga School, London (Bihar School of Yoga approach to Yoga Nidra). The course completes in June 2017.