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January 21, 2021

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If you practice yoga regularly, then you have likely heard about Yoga Nidra. Developed from its earlier origins, during the mid 20th Century Yoga Nidra continued to evolve becoming the practice we now know to have numerous benefits for the human body and mind. 

Yoga Nidra, translated to mean ”yogic sleep,” is a calming method of mindfulness meditation that induces a state of deep relaxation where healing can occur. It relieves stress, helps in trauma recovery, and can alleviate symptoms of physical and mental illness. 

Sounds pretty good – right? Read on to find out more! 

What Are the Benefits of Yoga Nidra? 

  • Relieves Stress 
      • We all encounter stress in our lives and while we are equipped to deal with it in small amounts from time to time, often we carry heavy stress loads that don’t subside on their own. With this year’s ongoing experiences of change and uncertainty, most of us are feeling more stressed than usual. Yoga Nidra stimulates the transmission of positive hormonal signals to the brain which in turn encourages the body to move into a calm state of being. This helps you to get the quality rest that you desperately need. It is a powerful “mini-nap”! Under the direction of a trained instructor, Yoga Nidra can help you to manage the cumulative effects of stress.
  • Comforts the Mind 
      • It’s hard to keep a spacious mind in today’s life and culture. However, an overactive mind can be significantly damaging to your health. In a recent study, it is shown that overthinking disrupts the performance of motor skills. By practicing Yoga Nidra you can clear a pathway toward mental ease without any physical exertion.
  • Delta and Theta Waves 
      • Even science is on yoga’s side! Increasingly Yoga Nidra’s scientific benefits are being recognised. In the deepest state of Yoga Nidra, your brain begins to generate two types of waves, delta (1-3 hertz) and theta (4-7 hertz). In deep sleep, the delta frequencies are the slowest at 1-4 cycles per second – this is where dreamless sleep occurs and is our most restorative and healing sleep state.
  • Can alleviate PTSD 
      • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be very difficult to live with. It can be triggered unexpectedly and cause great distress. Yoga Nidra offers relief from this state of high alert. For some war veterans, it has proven to relax their mental state and been an effective way of managing the traumas of war. It can also assist with factors that lead to depression. 
  • Helps with PMS Symptoms
      • Premenstrual symptoms include physical pain as well as emotional turmoil and can range from mild to debilitating. Experiences of overwhelm and irritability are common. Start practicing Yoga Nidra and you may find the comfort you’ve been seeking. 
  • Can Help With Insomnia 
    • Approximately six percent of the global population suffer from insomnia. Yoga Nidra can help resolve triggers such as stress, anxiety and depression – which may all be disrupting your ability to get a quality night of sleep. 

What Else?

Besides these six key advantages, Yoga Nidra has much deeper benefits. The spiritual benefits of yoga nidra cannot be overlooked. Yoga Nidra guides you to discover and know that you are more than just your mind (as wonderful as it is) and your limited understanding of yourself. It is a pathway to experiencing connection to presence, others and all that breathes. You may experience what some would call “an awakening”, emerging as a fuller, evolving expression of you. 

Who Are We?

At Integral Tracks, our strong sense is that we are connected to others and the planet that sustains us. Our desire is to create spaces where we can return from the disconnection we experience with our bodies, the deeper knowledge of ourselves, others and the natural environment. In our Yoga Nidra sessions, we take participants into their bodies, leading them into a relaxing deep sleep-like state all while being awake. This results in a deep sense of peace, tranquility and connectedness. 

Book a session today, leave your tensions in the past and come closer home to your full nature.