Literally Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep", there are many ways in which yoga nidra can be utilised as a healing modality. Yoga nidra is effective in supporting insomnia, mild depression, panic attacks and other stress related conditions. It is effective in the management of chronic and acute pain, in the treatment of fertility and pre-menstrual tension and as a tool of self enquiry.
Yoga Nidra is usually done lying down and does not involve any physical movement. It promotes deep healing and profound rest physically, mentally and emotionally. It does this because it works systematically through each aspect of the human being: first, establishing deep physical rest that allows recuperation and the restoration of the body to a state of homeostasis, or balance at a biochemical level.
Because yoga nidra promotes the body's natural tendency towards homeostasis, it enables those systems of the body which are often out of synch or disturbed to move towards optimum functioning. For example often during yoga nidra one hears a contented rumbling in the gut, as peristalsis in the smooth muscle of the digestive tract resumes effective functioning; often erratic breathing settles quite naturally into a restful depth and rhythm, whilst the heart rate also comes to an optimum level; and often tension headaches or eye aches disappear as the muscles in the neck relax, and/or the strain in the eyes is relieved.
Once the opening stages of yoga nidra enable the body to relax and function optimally, then the practitioner is able to restore vitality and emotional stability. The combination of deep physical rest, revitalisation and the settling of emotions and thoughts results in improved productivity, heightened intelligence and enhanced creativity.
Trained with Yoga Nidra Network