07 Nov What is “Yoga Nidra”?
During my yoga teacher training in 2008, I was able to experience yoga nidra for the first time. I took blankets and pillows and made myself as comfortable as possible. What I experienced next was extraordinarily calming. Because I was being led through a structured relaxation, my mind was able to stay keenly focused and alert while my body systematically relaxed into a deep, peaceful state. During a normal night’s sleep, I am unable to perceive this type of rest, but during yoga nidra, I was able to fully experience the complete quieting of my body, mind, and emotions. When I relaxed my body, the stress and anxiety I was holding dissipated. I felt the different parts of me entwined and connected as an integrated whole, and was ready to face life with increased clarity. It was amazing!
This past summer, I had the pleasure of studying with a master teacher, Richard Miller. He developed a type of yoga nidra called Integrative Restoration, or Irest which has been used to help hundreds of people suffering from traumatic experiences, especially soldiers dealing with PTSD.
I have met many who have come to yoga searching for this type of healing, only to feel self-conscious and inadequate. Yoga Nidra requires no physical expertise, only an open, inquisitive mind, and a desire to feel truly well.
by Sherisa Bly