Recently, after teaching a restorative/ yoga nidra class, one of my students approached me. It was his first time in the class and he had never experienced yoga nidra before. He said, ” WOW. I feel like I slept for hours and now I feel so happy!” This is the experience that many note after taking their first “yogi naptime.”
Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is an ancient yoga practice that is a form of meditation and also mind-body therapy. In fact, research has indicated that practicing yoga nidra regularly lowers stress levels, improves sleep, lowers anxiety, and brings about a sense of peace and joy.
The combination of restorative yoga poses and yoga nidra is a powerful practice for cultivating deep relaxation and is a wonderful compliment to the vinyasa practice; allowing one to completely surrender to the poses and develop deep, conscious relaxation. A typical class at Solfire involves meditation, a few minutes of gentle movement or stretching, deeply holding several restorative poses such as legs-up-the-wall and supported child’s pose with the use of bolsters and blankets followed by resting in savasana while you are guided through the yoga nidra meditation (20-25 minutes).
If your life is moving in fast-speed, as so many are, restorative/yoga nidra is your chance to slow down and nurture yourself and fully rest and recover from your busy life. You don’t have to move and sweat for 75 minutes to gain the benefits of yoga. Treat yourself to an hour of restorative/yoga nidra and notice the difference in your body and mind. Yogi naptime is offered twice a week at Solire on Monday’s at noon and Wednesday’s at 5:45pm.