Discover your path to recovery with a personalised course of yoga nidra and restorative yoga. These are research-backed practices, proven to bring relief from stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
What is yoga nidra?
In short, yoga nidra is an effortless, guided meditation practice. Can you remember a time when you were lying in bed and just dropping off to sleep? Or a time when you woke in the morning, and somehow knew you had slept well, although you had no memory of it? These states are similar to the state we enter when we practice yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is deeply restful and can increase creativity, as well as helping us become less reactive and more responsive as it takes us on a journey through different brain-waves - much like sleeping and dreaming.
There are two ways we can approach yoga nidra:
1. Classic Yoga Nidra
A practice in which you simply listen and ‘receive’. This is usually how I begin working with clients, and is the same form of yoga nidra as I teach to groups in my workshops and retreat.
2. Yoga Nidra Dyads
A more interactive version of yoga nidra, where you tell me about the sensations and thoughts that arise during the practice. Dyads take yoga nidra beyond the deeply healing and restful experience of simply receiving, and invite you to stay connected to your feelings. It can be more intense way of working, but for those who feel ready to tackle the emotional roots of their challenges, if can be a very effective way of helping feelings to shift.
Both kinds of yoga nidra may focus on:
Using sensing techniques to reconnect you with your body and breath, as way to feel ‘grounded’ and safe.
Realising negative beliefs/behaviours and learning how to respond positively
Exploring the complex nature of our emotions and beliefs – so that you can move beyond the negative
Exploring how yoga philosophy can help you see your experiences as moving through you, rather than defining you
Building your inner resources of strength and resilience
What are the benefits of practicing yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra usually leaves us feeling deeply rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. In fact, some people claim that the relaxation we experience in one hour’s yoga nidra is just as beneficial as 4 hours sleep. Yoga nidra does more than just help us relax, however. Because it allows us to release completely, yoga nidra makes it possible to experience deep emotions while also accepting them – no matter how overwhelming we believe them to be. We build our inner resilience and strength to cope with what life throws at us.
I have never practiced yoga before, can I still try yoga nidra?
Absolutely. Yoga nidra is for everyone, and because you practice it whilst lying down, it doesn’t matter what your physical ability is or if you have never tried a yoga class before.
Should I eat before practicing yoga nidra?
As with all yoga, it is usually a good idea to avoid eating for at least 2 hours before you practice. If you have eaten a large meal before practicing yoga nidra, you may find you are more likely to fall asleep.
What happens if I always fall asleep?
In my opinion if you always fall asleep it is because you are very tired and need to sleep. Yoga nidra is a gift, and gives you what you need, so if you always fall asleep perhaps take this as a message than you are very tired, and need more rest.
However if you would like to experience yoga nidra and stay awake, you can practice it sitting in a comfortable seated position. It is really though best practiced lying down surrounded by blankets and cushions and blankets!
Is it safe to drive after yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra can put you in a very relaxed state of being, so it is usually best to not have to drive or cycle around busy roads straight after practicing. It can be a good idea to have a little something to eat or drink after practicing yoga nidra - a little nibble of dark chocolate can taste sublime!
Is practicing yoga nidra the same as meditating?
In many ways, yes. However yoga nidra is really a practice of bliss and contentment, with no effort. Meditation is often more effortful - the effort to sit, the effort to clear the thoughts and focus the mind, and the effort to build up a regular practice. In yoga nidra we generally lie down, and make no real effort to control the thoughts. We may set an intention to try and stay awake, but beyond that, we don’t engage the waking mind at all.
As with all yoga, it depends on your intention. If you want yoga nidra to be your meditation practice, then it can serve as that. If you want to practice yoga nidra and have a separate meditation practice, that is also fine.
When should I practice yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra can be practiced at any time of time. It is usually practiced on a yoga retreat in the late evening, to aid with sleep, but it can actually be practiced any time. Practicing first thing in the morning, for example, can offer you a different experience as you are more likely to be awake and alert, and so less likely to fall asleep.
Prices and Booking
I use Yoga Nidra as part of my healing Yoga one to one sessions. I combine Restorative Yoga, Hatha yoga and Yoga nidra to create a personalised practice for you.
All sessions take place in Hanham, Bristol. Full details will be sent to you once you have booked.
You can purchase single sessions. Use the links below to book.
Alternatively you can purchase multiple sessions and recieve a discount. These packages are available for new and existing clients. All sessions must be booked within 6 months of the purchase date.
Yoga with Astrology
I would highly recommend an Astrology reading before coming to your yoga session. Bringing the insights of an Astrology reading into your one to one sessions can give me a much clearer idea of what practices might be best suited to you. Find out more about Astrology Readings
These are available for new and existing clients. Use the links below to book
Low Cost Wednesdays
On the first Wednesday of every month I offer a low cost day for those who cannot afford to pay for a full price treatment.
Use the links below to book. Please remember to bring cash or card with you to pay after your session.