I share this practice with you in times of a pandemic, inequality, difficult media, and much uncertainty. Sometimes, when our external world is turned upside-down, it may be helpful to retreat inward, even for a short while, not only to rest, but to give our fears and frustrations a chance to settle. Yoga nidra can help.
As meditation requires a vertical spine, yoga nidra requires a horizontal spine.
This is not a nap, or sleep (although that may happen if you are really exhausted!)
Instead, this is a chance to be still and quiet, while guided mentally through rest.
Why do this? Here are a few gifts you may receive:
relief from information overload (brain clarity)
less stress (a switch to your parasympathetic nervous system)
unloading of emotions (release deep past experiences and current worries)
a shift in perception (physical body to subtle body)
intense relaxation (often equivalent to a few hours of dreamless sleep)
a trip deeper into the yoga limbs (fewer senses, concentration, meditation, bliss)
Do this any time, any where that is quiet, in a place you can get horizontal,
and I will lead you in the rest. Your only effort is to remain still and calm.
Enjoy, and namaste!