Give yourself the gift of yogic sleep
You Will Find It
Beyond the teasing minds - of yesterday's faults
Beyond the purity of tomorrow's reflection
Beyond the rain - that has not yet fallen
Beyond the fluffy clouds, still sleeping in the ocean
Beyond the future dreams - of a distant society
Beyond this mirage of creation
Find the dawn of energy...
waiting patiently for you to awake
Limits are only - for those who believe.
by Doug Swenson
Yoga Nidra is a practice that invites you to begin with the setting of a heartfelt intention. You are then guided through a systematic sequence of breathing and body awareness exercises. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated and the amount of alpha waves is increased, inducing calmness, supporting creativity, and increasing our receptivity to new information.
You can access Yoga Nidra through short practice sessions and extended practice sessions. Regular practice is advised and 30-minute practices are typical, though benefits have been indicated in yoga nidra practices of only 11 minutes duration. Yoga Nidra is undertaken lying down (in some forms it can be done sitting or standing), it does not involve stretching or moving into other postures (though some sequences can be a welcome arrival into the practice) and requires minimal equipment - a yoga mat and a blanket are sufficient (having bolster supports available can ensure greater comfort still).
My Heartfelt Intention
Yoga nidra saved me when I was struggling with chronic sleep difficulties for the about two years. I felt strongly that this was a practice I wanted to explore more deeply and share with others. I am pleased to be able to offer yoga nidra to you in my capacity as an iRest Level 1 teacher and trained psychologist.