About Yoga Nidra Mindfulness Meditation

What is Yoga Nidra?
Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep

Yoga Nidra is an age-old, sleep-based meditation technique  with extensive evidence-based success for restoration and resiliency. In Yoga Nidra we drop into the deep inner state of pure potential where we are free from the thinking mind and conflicting forces. Through neuroplasticity this profound practice is used to calm the mind, support greater overall health and resilience as well as assist in generating a more positive outlook on life.  Negative or harmful thought patterns disintegrate and new neural pathways and new brain matter are actually created in the brain, allowing for far greater peace, clarity and enjoyment of life.    

The practice of Yoga Nidra originated in India several thousand years ago to help achieve greater levels of awareness.  The resurgence of this practice adored by the ancients has resurfaced over the past decade or so with a force. Like a wave of illumination, it has risen to give greater hope at a time of extreme negativity and darkness.   

One of the wonderful things about this practice is that anyone can practice it... literally anyone.  The practitioner is guided through this meditative practice typically while laying down, but can be done in any position.  The idea is to be as comfortable as possible in order to allow, what feels like magic, to occur in that juicy and rich deep sleep state. 

The Amazing Benefits of Yoga Nidra

The benefits of  Yoga Nidra are many.  Countless studies continue to be done researching the ways regular meditative practices, such as Yoga Nidra effect the mind and body.  Here are just a few benefits of a regular Yoga Nidra practice:​​

  • Decreases stress and tension through improved relaxation response in the brain by balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic brain waves.  

  • Greater sense of calm through increased time in the alpha brain wave state.

  • Helps to support Post Traumatic Growth

  • Improves ability to focus and think clearly.  

  • It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is worth 3-4 hours of deep sleep. 

  • Decreased depression and anxiety due to increased levels of serotonin.  

  • Improved heart coherence

  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Lessens blood glucose fluctuations associated with diabetes.

  • The National Institute of Health recently declared that practices such as Yoga Nidra can help people lose more than twice the amount of fat than a regular yoga asana class, due to the fact that cortisol levels are greatly reduced in this restorative practice.

  • ... All this from laying down and meditating!!  

DISCLAIMER

This website and newsletter is an educational and informational resource for people curious about meditation and expanded states of consciousness. It is not a substitute for working with a licensed medical professional or therapist. Andora Freedom is not a medical doctor or therapist.  She does not diagnose or prescribe and cannot guarantee the outcome of following the recommendations provided.  It is expected that all individuals practicing Yoga Nidra will follow the prescribed advice of their medical doctors and therapists at all times.  Her statements about the potential outcome are expressions of opinion only. She makes no guarantees about the information and recommendations provided herein. By continuing to use, read, or participate in this website, newsletter, classes, events and trainings you acknowledge that Andora cannot and will not guarantee any particular results, as such outcomes are based on subjective factors that are not within her control. Therefore, following any information or recommendations provided on this website, newsletter and/or classes, events and trainings are at your own risk.

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