An Effective & Simple Technique for Women to De-Stress: Yog Nidra!

Stress has become a regular companion for many women in the fast-paced and demanding world of today. We frequently experience overwhelm and exhaustion as a result of juggling numerous duties and responsibilities. Therefore, it’s essential to learn practical techniques for reducing tension and regaining inner tranquilly. Yog Nidra is one such method that has significantly increased in popularity in recent years.

Many of us find it difficult to take out 1 hour or even 30 minutes for yoga due to our hectic schedules. Also juggling multiple responsibilities drains us leaving us with hardly any energy and motivation to practice asanas, I understand. Thus, on days, when you cannot even give 20-30 minutes for yoga or exercising, yog nidra can come to your rescue.

As a yoga teacher and a practitioner of yoga for over 13 years, I have understood the importance of yog nidra and how it benefits our whole body and mind miraculously!

Here, I want to share details of the simple yet profound practice, its advantages, how to practice it, and when to do so. There are several types and technicalities also involved with the practice, however, in this article, we will discuss the easiest way of practicing this ancient yogic technique.

What is Yog Nidra?

A potent relaxation technique that transports you to a condition halfway between consciousness and sleep is called yog nidra, sometimes also referred to as yogic sleep. It is an ancient kind of yogic technique that attempts to bring about inner peace, regeneration, and deep relaxation. During this practice, you lie down in a cosy position and adhere to guided directions that encourage you to relax every body part and discover your inner self.

What are the benefits practicing of Yog Nidra?

Stress management: Yog Nidra is a fantastic technique for managing stress. You can release tension, lower anxiety, and develop a profound sensation of relaxation by deliberately relaxing your body and mind. You can build resilience and become more capable of handling daily challenges by engaging in regular practise.

Better Sleep: Women frequently experience problems with their sleep. Yog Nidra can improve sleep quality by fostering deep relaxation and regulating the nervous system. For people who have trouble falling asleep or experience insomnia, it may be especially helpful.

Emotional Healing: Yog Nidra gives you access to your subconscious mind, which stores emotions and memories, which can be used for emotional healing. You can heal emotional wounds, release bad habits, and cultivate inner calm and acceptance by investigating this area during the practice.

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Clarity of mind and improved focus: Nidra training teaches you how to cultivate a calm awareness state. Your focus and decision-making skills will increase, and your overall mental health will also benefit.

When to do Yog Nidra?

Practicing Yog Nidra in the evening, before bedtime, is also a popular choice. It helps to unwind, release accumulated stress, and prepare your body and mind for a restful night’s sleep. I personally like to do that.

You can practice or shall I say, we all must practice yog nidra after performing yoga asanas. After doing yoga for say 30-60 minutes, it is important to rest and let that experience sink-in. Thus, doing yog nidra or lying down in Shavasana and observing all our body parts for at least 10 minutes and thoughts is essential. We must never jump into our day to day activities right after performing asanas.

Apart from that it is safe to do yog nidra anytime of the day. Just make sure that you do not do it right after eating a heavy meal!

Dos and Don’ts of the Practice:

Dos:

  • Create a comfortable and quiet environment. Use a mat to lie down and turn off the lights.
  • Minimize external distractions, such as turning off your phone or informing others not to disturb you during your practice.
  • Can practice using guided yog nidra meditations available on youtube or live with a teacher.
  • Be light on your stomach. You need not have to wait 2 hours after a meal to practise yog nidra, just 30 mins after a meal is okay.
  • Be consistent with your practice to experience long-term benefits.
  • Approach Yog Nidra with an open mind and a willingness to explore your inner self.
  • Do not concentrate too much on the guidelines. Resting is priority.
  • As you go through the different stages of Yog Nidra, cultivate a witnessing awareness. Observe your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment or attachment.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t lie down directly on the floor. Use a yoga mat/ bedsheet.
  • Force yourself to stay awake if you feel sleepy. Yog Nidra is designed to induce deep relaxation, and falling asleep during the practice is natural.
  • Practice immediately after a heavy meal, as it may interfere with your comfort and relaxation.

Conclusion

Incorporating Yog Nidra into your self-care routine can be a game-changer for women looking to de-stress and find inner balance. By engaging in this simple yet powerful practice, you can experience deep relaxation, improved sleep, emotional healing, and enhanced clarity. Remember to approach Yog Nidra with patience and consistency, allowing yourself the gift of rest and rejuvenation. So, take a deep breath, lie down, and embark on this transformative journey towards inner peace!

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Meghana Pawar

I am a published Author, a Professional Content and Copywriter, a Writing Coach, and a Certified Yoga Teacher. Apart from teaching yoga and reading, I love to connect with positive souls on social media to read more...

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