Sleep is part of our Self Care practice. Without sleep, we feel tired, our body doesn't heal and we are unable to think clearly. Yoga takes care of our mind body and spirit, consciously. The combination of the two is called Yoga Nidra.
According to the Yoga Alliance, "Yoga means “union.” Nidra means “sleep.” Yoga Nidra is a state between sleep and deep relaxation. "It is a systematic method of inducing deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. 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."
Yoga Nidra is a state where you produce Delta brain waves and remain conscious. Research has shown, you only produce Delta waves during deep sleep or REM sleep. With practice, we can go into that state by will and by awareness.
Also known as Yogic sleep, it is a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. Meditation makes it possible for us to get to the theta state — the state we go through to achieve the delta state, which is the place of the deepest sleep cycle. The delta state is a deep healing state. That’s is our journey through Yoga Nidra. In this state, the body and mind rest, while in conscious state.
It is a systematic form of guided relaxation or meditation. Typically a class can be from is done for 30 to 90 minutes at a time. It is said that a 30-minute yoga nidra practice is equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep. In yoga nidra, the benefits are immediate, from reduced stress to deep rest. Following a practice, you feel relaxed and reste