Yoga Nidra is a great way to unwind as it induces complete relaxation in the body, mind and emotions. Yogic sleep is another term for this exercise; however, it is not typical sleep. Indeed, the eyes remain closed and the person may be lying down and senses are withdrawn but the awareness remains on body and breath. With today?s hectic pace of lifestyle, it can be hard to find time to undertake yet another activity. Knowing that the benefits of Yoga Nidra are significant for the whole body inside and out, it makes sense to incorporate it into a regular routine. This deep relaxation is best done with voice guidance (in class or from teacher or audio recording) so that the conscious thinking mind can let go as the person simply follows the instructions.
Wait at least an hour after a large meal before practicing Yoga Nidra. An ideal time to do this relaxation is when experiencing a natural dip in energy. For some people this may be in the afternoon. The best time to practice without distractions may be before sunrise or sunset.
If possible, dedicate an area of the home to the Yoga Nidra and relaxation practice, keeping a mat, cushions and blanket nearby to save time. Provide a safe and comfortable environment free of distractions before practicing Yoga Nidra, and do the following:
? Turn the telephone off.
? Check the room is a comfortable temperature and free of interruptions.
? Darken the room.
? Avoid stimulating noise and other outside distractions.
? If the yoga teacher remains in the room to guide the Yoga Nidra, the teacher should remain seated and still.
Many people respond well to some level of routine and structure. To create a new habit, introducing a new regular activity will take discipline, time and repetition.
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