Yoga Nidra: For The Mind, Body and Sweet Dreaming Soul
Can’t Sleep? Try Something Different! Quite often our bodies just sincerely need a bit of a change. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. This principle can be applied to the way you sleep, because sometimes it’s your soul that needs a little love - not just your tired body. How can you feed your mind, body and soul for some sincerely amazing sleep?
Get read to introduce your body to physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Start by getting into some comfy clothing. You don’t want the clothes to be restricting. Next, be sure to equip your bed with the best sheets ever. NuSleep sheets are perfect for yoga nidra, because they keep your yoga nidra environment soft and temperature controlled for maximum relaxation.
Get Into Nidra Pose
Lie down on your back, arms beside your body, with arms facing up. Be sure to totally relax and let yourself fall into your bed. Your head should be in line with your spine, legs slightly apart. Once you begin the yoga nidra session, do not move your body. Surrender your entire body to the bed you are lying on. Think tranquil thoughts as you exhale and inhale, releasing the tension of the day.
Breathe in and out through your nose and deep into your diaphragm. Imagine you are blowing up a balloon in your lower belly. You are going to count down from 40 using your breathe. Breathe in while mentally saying the number ‘40’. Breathe out, mentally saying the number ‘39’ - inhale ‘38’ and exhale ‘37’, continue counting down until you reach the number one. If you lose count, you’ll need to start back at 40. Once your breathing is relaxed, you’ll want to wash away all of the tension in your muscles.
Be Completely Aware
Become aware of the sounds in the distance. Don’t identify the source of the sound, just move your awareness from sound to sound. Be in total awareness of your body lying in perfect stillness. Observe the flow of the natural flow of breath in your body. Focus, and repeat your ‘40’ breathing from ‘20’ for a shorter session.
Bye Bye Muscle Tension
Mentally scan every part of your body. Loosen the joints and all the tight muscles. Start with your face. Scan your forehead, eyes, nose, down to your jaw. Squeeze and releasing each muscle for relaxation. Let your body fall into the bed as you relax your shoulders, arms, hands, and so on. Completely surrender to this deep relaxation.
Mentally tell yourself, “I will not sleep.”
The sleep will come when you are calm and steady. Breathe in slowly, breathe out calm over your entire body. Repeat this for 5 to 10 counts. You will wake up totally refreshed and ready to take on the day! Continue to practice yoga nidra nightly or in the afternoon for a little soulful break to your day.
- Romell Bhaala