Yoga Nidra is essentially a form of meditation and deep relaxation which allows you to experience the ‘liminal’ space between waking and sleeping. This is a very peaceful place to be. It has a number of side benefits too, including:
• improves the quality of your sleep and the amount of your sleep
• reduces your chronic pain suffering
• soothes your autonomic nervous system
• enhances your mental focus and attention span
• improves your creativity and whole brain functioning
• gives you more ease and peace of mind in daily life
• helps create new neural pathways in your brain leading to healthy habits & routines
Everyone has a story. This is my story about how I became discovered Yoga Nidra and went on to teach it, and adapted it into a flexible tool to suit everyone’s needs.
Since our youngest child was born nearly 30 years ago I began to suffer from sleeplessness. Some would say I was suffering from insomnia, but it depends on how you define ‘insomnia’. Suffice it to say that the quality of sleep that I was getting was very poor, and I often woke up feeling unrefreshed and unrested.
I was desperate to find a solution. I was fortunate enough to be self-employed, and could nap occasionally during the afternoon, but would still wake up feeling groggy and unrefreshed.
One day, I happened upon a book about Yoga Nidra – something I had never heard of , despite being a keen enthusiast of meditation for several years.
I started practising right away, and the most immediate result was that my sleep improved, and I no longer felt groggy when I woke up.
I then started teaching Yoga Nidra as part of a Stress management course I was running at Bromley College of Further Education.
It proved to be the most popular method of meditation I taught by far.
As I was also working as a voiceover artist at the time, several people suggested I narrate my own Yoga Nidra recording, which I did.
I made it a free download, and it has been downloaded thousands of times. It’s still available here: https://archive.org/details/YogaNidra