Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. It is a method of Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) that allows you to scan the body and tap into a state of relaxed consciousness as the mind settles in a place between wakefulness and sleep. The practice then involves a progressive movement of your awareness as you scan through different parts of the body.
Anyone can practice Yoga Nidra, though it has immense appeal for those who struggle to let go, for those suffering with sleep deprivation, trauma, anxiety or depression. In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner invites you to lie down comfortably. Preferably the students lie down in Shavasana as that is naturally the most effortless and balanced resting position. But it is also very common and acceptable to have students lie down on their bellies or on their side if more comfortable for the individual. The teacher then guides the students through a detailed and specific script. As you follow their words you will begin to experience and develop a sense of physical, emotional and mental relaxation.