TRM Meditation of the week: Yog Nidra

This meditation session by Vidisha Kaushal focuses on Yog Nidra, or the state between deep sleep and wakefulness.
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What is Yog Nidra?

Yog Nidra is an extremely powerful technique that controls the body’s relaxation response. It can be as restorative on the mind and body as deep sleep can be, while you are completely conscious. This form of yoga slows the wavelengths in your mind to reach a deeper state of sleep. With regular practice, it improves the quality of your sleep and helps you focus on the current situation. The meditation instils a sense of calm and gratitude and balances the vibrations of the mind, body, and soul. It integrates mindfulness in your daily life and makes you aware of stress and worry that has been building up in your body. Yog Nidra helps alter your routines and daily lifestyle for the better and find joy and appreciation in your darkest moments.  

In other words, Yog Nidra means to sleep consciously. It instantly recharges and brings an incredible quietness and clarity within you. In Sanskrit, the term Yog Nidra means Yogic sleep. The rest that you get through this meditation is much more powerful than sleep because the mind is still conscious while entering a state of relaxation.  

In this meditation, Vidisha Kaushal takes your attention consciously to different parts of the body and relaxes it. 

How to do Yoga Nidra? 

Get comfortable, preferably lying down. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to every part of your body. Observe your breathe as it enters and exits your body. Bring your focus inwards and free yourself from outside thoughts and situations. While you breathe in, watch your stomach expand and as you breathe out, watch it deflate. 

Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra | Image Source – Shutterstock

Now take your awareness to different parts of the body, while relaxing each part in this order. 

  • Right Foot 
  • Left Foot 
  • Right Knee 
  • Left Knee 
  • Right Thigh  
  • Left Thigh  
  • Right Leg  
  • Left Leg  
  • Abdomen  
  • Stomach  
  • Chest  
  • Shoulders 
  • Right Arm 
  • Left Arm 
  • Throat  
  • Face 
  • Top of your Head 

Finally take your attention to the whole body and lay still for a few minutes.  

Benefits of Yoga Nidra  
  1. The meditation brings body, mind and emotions in balance.  
  2. By removing stress and anxiety from the body, it relaxes the nervous system. 
  3. It rejuvenates the body by cooling it down and restoring its normal temperature.  
  4. Facilitating a calm mind, it is instrumental in removing emotional turmoil. 
  5. It alleviates insomnia and allows for better quality of sleep. 

Ending the meditation session with affirmations, Vidisha brings forth a sense of abundance, blessing, acceptance, and gratefulness. Head to the ThinkRight.me app for the entire guided meditation.  

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