Yogi sleep: a yoga session that encourages sleep and leaves you feeling refreshed from a 30 minute nap?! Where do I sign up?

I was reading an issue of “In the moment” and I came across an article about- Yogic sleep!

I used to go to yoga and pilates classes many years ago whilst in university and I greatly enjoyed it, it helped me relax, helped with both my anxiety and depression and helped my balance, flexibility and aches and pains I get with my chronic fatigue but unfortunately due to money issues and time constraints I haven’t been for such a long time.

I would love to go again- but this form of yoga sounded AMAZING to me as soon as I read the article and it was really intriguing to read about a yoga session that you can sleep in as well 😍😍.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I struggle with my energy levels and any excuse to have a nap is right up my street. πŸ˜΄πŸ˜‚πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

What is Yogic sleep?

Its traditional name β€” yoga nidra (pronounced yoh-gah nee-drah)β€” makes reference to Brahma, the Hindu creator god, who β€œsleeps” between successive world creations. His sleep is never unconscious.
Yoga Nidra is a practice that can take you to the next level; a relaxed body, fluid mind, and supercharged intuition.

Yoga Nidra is a five-stage process that begins with a body scan to engage one’s physicality. It incorporates meditation on the breath, the balancing of emotional states, visualization, and self-healing. Setting a positive intention is another important step (which is called a sankalpa) and this gives the participant a specific purpose to the session.

During Yoga Nidra, they teach you to let your awareness wander through the whole body. While doing so, they move you through the 5 different stages of consciousness just as in sleep: shifting between the waking state, dream state, and finally to deep, dreamless sleep- this creates deep relaxation for health, mental peace, and higher awareness.

The practise uses weighted blankets, pillow aids and soothing music.

It’s said that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep. What does this mean?

By receiving the proper rest, their is enhanced functioning of the immune and metabolic systems. In turn, this improves our overall physical health and leads to higher energy as well as fewer colds and infections of all types and the rest also improves mental health, eliminating brain fog, insomnia, anxiety attacks, PTSD, and depression.

Yogi’s believe that the control of the mind through the breath and the slow conscious breathing throughout the sessions works towards strengthening the relaxation response and suppressing the flight or fight response allowing access to the deeper layers of mental and physical health of the conscious mind.

Put simply, it is a deep guided relaxation that is mentally and physically restorative and releases deep-seated tensions, anxiety, improving your ability to sleep peacefully.

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This practice of yoga sounds AMAZING!

With my anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia on top of that, getting enough sleep and not only enough sleep but the right type of sleep can be difficult, so this sounds like something that would be so beneficial for me and could also help a lot of people.

You can practice it at home or go to a session in a yoga studio.

I think if I went I would prefer to go to a yoga studio first, as the practitioner could explain it in more detail and guide you through the session perfectly to make sure you’re doing it right, then upon having enough sessions I would practice it at home.

I would LOVE to find somewhere to do this at.

I hope your intrigued reading this too.

Hope you enjoyed this short read.

Until next time.

Faye x

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