‘Through the exquisite practice of Yoga Nidra, I discovered an unshakable equilibrium that is present under all circumstances and situations.’ Richard Miller
‘Nidra’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘sleep’. Yoga Nidra is a deeply restful meditative practice which restores energy and promotes healing. Scientific research suggests that it can help with a range of stress-related illness such as headaches, digestive problems and breathing difficulties. Practitioners report reduced levels of anxiety and stress, improved sleep and more effective management of chronic pain.
Yoga Nidra classes last for 60 minutes. They begin with simple joint-freeing exercises to release tension from the body and encourage the free flow of breath. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying comfortably on the floor. During the practice, which lasts 20-30 minutes, the teacher guides the class through a series of suggestions that encourage relaxation, sense withdrawal, concentration and meditation. These may include focussing on sensations in the body, sounds, the movement of the breath or visualisations. Students are given recordings to help them establish a regular practice at home.