Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as the yogic sleep, is a form of guided meditation or deep relaxation practice, which aims to induce physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
There have been numerous scientific studies on the effectiveness of Yoga Nidra, including (1), which show that Yoga Nidra decreases the impact from stress, anxiety levels, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, such as rage and anxiety, as well as an increasing the feelings of relaxation and peace after Yoga Nidra as a therapy.
Here, we provide a short 20-minute Yoga Nidra session that we recorded in a recent session. This is one small example of the many variations within the practice of Yoga Nidra.
NOTE: Yoga Nidra is a fully guided exercise, so for anyone that is unfamiliar with the practice, you may find that you need to listen and practice to it a few times - as it is different from many other forms of relaxation techniques.
(1) Dhamodhini, Kalamani & Sendhilkumar, Muthappan. (2018). Outcome of yoga nidra practice on various mental health problems and general wellbeing: a review study. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health. 6. 446. 10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20185286.