The Power of Yoga Nidra

by | Mindfulness & Meditations

Yoga Nidra – the serene universe of mindfulness that is a practice that goes beyond relaxation, offering profound benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.  This is more than transformative magic hidden within this meditative gem, but a way for us to reconnect with our bodies and get out of our thoughts.

1. Stress, Be Gone: In the hustle of modern life, stress can feel like an unwelcome companion. Yoga Nidra, often dubbed “yogic sleep,” is your passport to stress-free living. This practice guides you to a state between wakefulness and slumber, inviting a deep release of tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle life’s challenges.  One hour of Yoga Nidra equals about four hours of sleep as far as feeling rested.  So often we are hypervigilant, lost in our thoughts, over-thinking, and our bodies are in an alarmed state; we try to solve the problem with thinking and then try to solve the problem of over-thinking with more thinking and find ourselves in a state of anxiety.  You cannot solve the problem of over-thinking with even more thinking.  Let’s learn more about this amazing tool for reducing stress.

2. The Mind’s Great Escape: Ever wished for an off switch for your mind’s constant chatter? Yoga Nidra is your escape hatch. Through guided meditation, it allows your mind to move beyond everyday concerns, entering a realm of calm awareness. It’s like a mental spa day, where your thoughts can take a back seat, and you can revel in the stillness within.  If you feel like you don’t have time, you only need as much time as you will choose to allow.  There are guided meditations online that are only 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour and longer.  You can choose but I guarantee that however long it takes you to check in with your body is well worth the few minutes to maintain your baseline calm. 

3. A Gateway to Inner Wisdom: Yoga Nidra isn’t just a snooze-fest; it’s a journey inward. As you traverse the layers of consciousness, you tap into your inner wisdom. It’s in this serene space that insights, creativity, and intuition blossom. Consider it a gateway to your own well of untapped potential.  Yoga Nidra allows the withdrawal from the outside world and the awareness of your own inner world. 

4. Rejuvenation on a Cellular Level: The practice of Yoga Nidra isn’t confined to the mind – it seeps into the very cells of your being. Studies suggest that this profound relaxation technique contributes to cellular rejuvenation, offering benefits on a physical, cellular level. It’s like hitting the refresh button for your entire being.

5. Rewiring for Resilience: In a world that often demands resilience, Yoga Nidra acts as a tool for mental fortification. By delving into the subconscious, it aids in rewiring negative thought patterns, known as neuroplasticity, fostering a resilient mindset. It’s not just relaxation; it’s a strategic reset for a more resilient you.  With increase of resilience comes increase in confidence, and we’ve all heard the saying that practice makes perfect.  With perfecting and practicing any skill, we get better, and with that gaining of ability comes the gaining of self-confidence.

6. Improved Sleep, Naturally: Struggling with insomnia or restless nights? Enter Yoga Nidra. As you traverse the various stages of relaxation, it sets the stage for improved sleep quality. Say goodbye to tossing and turning, and hello to a night of restful slumber.  There are videos online, apps, and you will find the guided meditation below to use to wind down at the end of the day or anytime throughout the day.

7.  How it Works: 

Here are the typical steps involved in a Yoga Nidra practice:

  1. Set Intentions (Sankalpa):
  • Begin by setting a positive and meaningful intention for your practice. This serves as a seed planted in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, such as “I am at ease” or “All my choices are healthy”.
  1. Find a Comfortable Position:
  • Lie down on your back in Savasana (corpse pose) with your arms slightly away from your body and your palms facing up. Make sure you are comfortable and warm.
  1. Relaxation of the Body:
  • Bring attention to different parts of your body, systematically relaxing each one. This helps release physical tension and prepares the body for deep relaxation. 
  1. Breath Awareness (Pranayama):
  • Shift your focus to your breath. Observe the natural flow of your breath without trying to control it. This step promotes relaxation and mindfulness.  You might focus on inhaling through the chest center or top of the head, or exhaling through the throat.  You might focus on your lungs expanding or breathing into your diaphragm.
  1. Body Scan:
  • Mentally travel through different parts of your body, bringing awareness to each area. This helps deepen the relaxation and cultivates a sense of internal connection.  Typically it begins with the head and face, goes to the right side of the body, then the left, then back, and then front.
  1. Opposite Sensations:
  • Experience pairs of opposite sensations, such as warmth and cold or heaviness and lightness. This step creates a balance of awareness within the body.
  1. Visualization:
  • Engage in guided visualizations that take you on a journey. This may involve imagining serene landscapes, symbols, or experiences, enhancing your inner exploration.  It may involve goals you have such as driving your dream vehicle or being in your dream house, working out and feeling strong, or enjoying healthy relationships.
  1. Affirmations or Mantras:
  • Repeat affirmations or mantras silently to yourself. These positive statements reinforce your intentions and promote a positive mindset.  You can select one word like “joy” or “peace” or a phrase such as “acceptance is the answer to all my problems today” or “just for today”.
  1. Awareness of Thoughts and Emotions:
  • Observe any thoughts or emotions that arise without getting attached to them. This step fosters a detached awareness, allowing you to witness the fluctuations of the mind.
  1. Return to Sankalpa:
  • Revisit your initial intention (Sankalpa) to anchor your focus and solidify your positive affirmation.
  1. Gradual Awakening:
  • Slowly bring your awareness back to the present moment. Gently wiggle your fingers and toes, gradually awakening your body.
  1. Take Your Time:
  • Allow yourself a few moments before sitting up. When you do sit up, do so mindfully, carrying the sense of peace and relaxation with you into your daily life.

Remember that the specific steps may vary slightly depending on the guidance or tradition you follow. It’s essential to practice Yoga Nidra with an open mind and a willingness to explore the depths of your consciousness.


In conclusion, Yoga Nidra is not merely a practice; it’s a gateway to reducing and eliminating anxiety, to increasing the awareness of your own body, and to the ultimate relaxation. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, consider adding this transformative practice to your routine. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.

To serene journeys and blissful awakening,

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