“Most people sleep without resolving their tensions,
This is termed nidra.
Nidra means sleep, no matter what or why.
But yoga nidra means sleep after throwing off the burdens,
It is of a blissful, higher quality altogether…”
– Swami Satyananda Saraswati
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, or “conscious sleep” is based on the tantric practice of nyasa, created by Swami Satyananda (1923-2009), to combat the stresses and tensions of modern daily life. It is a form of guided meditation, by which the practitioner’s awareness is drawn to different sensations throughout the body, whilst resting in Savasana. Blockages and hidden tensions are released, and the practitioner is given the opportunity to plant a positive resolve, or sankalpa, in their subconscious.
Complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation is experienced and a single hour of yoga nidra is the equivalent of four hours of deep sleep. A regular practice of yoga nidra has the capacity to change negative behavioural patterns, and promote a stillness of mind.