Yoga Nidra: Benefits of Guided Meditation

As the world constantly evolves, the difficulties of humans progress as well. Beyond the realms of physical illness lies the problems of stress, anxiety, tiredness, and nervousness. These words have undoubtedly become an integral part of all of our lives. The never-ending, fast-paced lifestyle of every individual has brought the challenge of stressful existence, which is likely to stay for long. However, not everything is as severe as it sounds and looks. A change in your lifestyle is all you need to switch from leading a stressful life to relaxed living. We propose a Yoga Nidra.

What is Yoga Nidra?

‘Nidra’ means sleep, and Yoga means Yoga. It is a meditation-like practice where you attempt to relax and lie down but don’t sleeps. As some people call it, yoga sleep is a state of being half-asleep or half-consciousness where you stay between being the two stages of living: wake and sleep.

A meditation guide helps you reach the ‘going to sleep’ stage, where you lie down on your back in Savasana (corpse pose). Yoga Nidra is one of the easiest yoga asanas and reduces fatigue, body sores, aches, stress, and tiredness. 

The guided practice of yoga sleep takes you through Pancha Maya kosha (five layers of self) in a staged manner, which helps you feel relaxed and gain a sense of wholeness. 

5 Benefits of Yoga Nidra

Yoga sleep has many benefits that help you break free of the ongoing stress in your life. 

Break Free from Thoughts

Our brain never shuts down, but our thoughts take a break only when we sleep. While we stay awake, the thoughts always wander from one pole to another, worrying about the ‘next’ thing. In our attempt to worry about the future, we forget to enjoy and live in the present. Yoga Nidra helps you break free of these ongoing thoughts and enter a relaxed mind stage. When practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra helps control negative thoughts, anxiety, nervousness, and the continuous train of thoughts.

Beat Insomnia with Yoga Sleep

Tossing and turning around on the bed are normal issues for every working professional. Even for homemakers, insomnia is an ongoing health problem. The lack of sleep and relaxation leads to stress, tiredness, body aches, and agitation. Yoga Nidra proves its forte by inducing sleep as it slows down the mind’s wavelengths as you enter a subconscious sleep-like state. Through guided meditation and slow breathing techniques, you can trigger a relaxation response throughout the body. Such a response balances both your left and right brain and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. 

Release Tension from Mind and Body

The way sleep helps rejuvenate body and mind, likewise, yoga sleep helps release muscle tension to free up the stress build-up body. Just 15 to 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra practise makes you feel relaxed and full of energy. Even your mind would let go of all the negative and stress-related thoughts, freeing up space for new and fresh thoughts without tension. But you would need to practise yoga sleep every day for a few minutes to experience these changes in yourself.

Your ‘Me’ Time

You spend your time with your family, give a few of your hours to your friends and work as well. The rest of the time, you indulge in sleeping, eating, and entertainment. When did you get to spend time with yourself? Turn to Yoga Nidra to detach yourself from worldly pleasures and spend time with yourself for a while. 

Start New and Fresh

There is a possibility that you might get bored with life and everything in-between. The answer to igniting excitement in life is practicing Yoga Nidra sleep that helps you look at life from a fresh outlook. While you sail through troubled times in your personal and professional life, yoga sleep sessions would help your mind relax and help you look at these issues from another angle and find their solutions without breaking down.

Ritika
An Engineer by education, and a writer by profession, Ritika lives her life in stories. Her never-ending love for narratives encouraged her to turn her passion into a profession. In more than 4 years of working as a content writer, she has contributed to building content for a reputed technology magazine and a few start-ups.

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