Can’t think of doing anything better than jumping into bed after a long day of work? Then you’ll definitely want to try yoga nidra, otherwise known as yogic sleep.
This ancient form of guided meditation is practiced while lying down. Not only is it super easy to incorporate into your daily life, it also provides you with a sense of wholeness and creates a deep sense of relaxation – it’s essentially a state of conscious sleep.
“We’re figuring out how to allow the body to fall asleep while keeping the mind awake,” says Jana Roemer, an instructor at Love Yoga in Venice, CA. “When we go into yoga nidra, we downshift into an alpha brain wave state. Here, [levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are reduced] and we go into a state of healing.”
The practice can be as short as five minutes or even as long as an hour! With consistency and awareness, you’ll be well on your way to finding a deeper sense of relaxation that opens the door to a better physical, mental, and energetic you!