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Yoga Nidra | Guided Relaxation Technique

Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘psychic sleep’ is a deep relaxation practice from the Indian yoga tradition. We often equate ‘relaxation’ with activities like listening to music or walking in nature, or simply having a quiet time. Relaxation is something we do naturally, and we don’t need any special training or techniques. However, deep relaxation is something very different. It quietens your mind and releases physical tension in your body. In a state of deep relaxation, your heartbeat and breathing slow down, and your body and mind become deeply calm. 

Yoga Nidra comes from the Indian yoga tradition. The technique could be described as a lying down form of meditation that uses the whole body as a focus of awareness. Practitioners say that with regular practice, yoga nidra, like meditation, can have profound physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Yoga Nidra is not quite the same thing as meditation. In yoga nidra practice you are lying down and the exercises help you move into a semi-hypnotic state, somewhere between being awake and being asleep. During meditation you usually sit with your spine as vertical as possible and remain alert and aware.

You can think of yoga nidra as a way of preparing for meditation; in the yoga tradition it is understood as being a practice of sense withdrawal that prepares you for moving into a state of meditation. It turns your attention inwards and helps your mind and body reach the calm mental state required to meditate effectively.

Meditation does not come easily to busy people. Most people find sitting still and silent for any length of time a huge challenge. It’s particularly hard if your mind is overactive, or your body is tense. Mastering the art of yoga nidra first will help you with this, and to eventually tackle the much greater challenge of relaxing the mind during a sitting meditation practice.

In addition, this episode features Binaural Beats Theta Brainwave Music at 852 Hz. This frequency specifically creates 6 Hz within your brainwave patterns, which puts you into a heightened state of Theta (brainwave pattern that preludes sleep). The 852 Hz is well known to emit the vibrational frequency of the 6th Chakra, also known as the Ajna or Third Eye Chakra. This awakens our intuition and opens us to heightened awareness. Within the undertones of the music, you will hear the base of 69.5 Hz which is a deeply hypnotic Monaural Beat that is extremely calming, centering and clinically proven to reduce anxiety.

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Micah Lyn is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner HHP, Intuitive Healer and E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and KRI. She offers a variety of private yoga classes in Sedona AZ, yoga therapy and intuitive healing services at Pachamama Yoga ✨ Sedona Healing Center. Visit the YTT Programs & Workshops page to see upcoming Online & Hands-on Intensive Yoga Teacher Training, Virtual Online Yoga Workshops & Transformational Yoga Retreats featured worldwide.