Yoda Nidra

Reduce Chronic Pain, Fatigue, & Insomnia
through a Deep Mindful Relaxation Journey
that Heals, Renews, and Transforms.

Recorded Yoga Nidra Practices led by
Deirdre Rawlings, PhD, ND.

What is Yoga Nidra?

First, I must tell you that Yoga Nidra is unlike regular Yoga practice where you place your body into a series of postures. Yoga Nidra is completely different because it is done lying down in a comfortable position on the floor, or you can do it sitting in a chair.

Yoga Nidra is a powerful, ancient form of guided meditation that induces relaxation and healing of the body, mind and spirit.

You will benefit from this practice if you suffer from:

Chronic Pain
Chronic fatigue syndrome
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Or stress-related disorders

Regular practice of Yoga Nidra is a healthy habit that rests, restores, and renews the body, mind and spirit, offering the opportunity to process and release the accumulated stress and tension that cause physical and mental illness.

Regular practitioners of yoga Nidra report that they experience better sleep, less physical pain, and more emotional ease and well-being. It comes from the tantric Yoga tradition and it's practice is simple, all you do is lay down, listen, and receive as you are guided through all layers of your being to relax, heal, and rejuvenate your body mind and spirit. Tantric is a Sanskrit word for expand, extend, or manifest.

5-Steps to Hearing God's Voice

Yoga Nidra helps you maintain your vital life energy, improve your sleep, your mood, and even prevent illness. When you're struggling with chronic pain, fatigue, or stress of any kind, any little challenge can make you feel like your going to collapse and crumble. It is at this time that you need to reconnect with yourself, your breath, and your environment. Yoga Nidra offers you a way to meet your everyday challenges with poise and balance, while reconnecting you to your authentic self.

Through regular practice of Yoga Nidra you can lessen symptoms and provide a much greater sense of control and ease in your life. It is a healthy habit that rests, restores, and renews the whole body, mind, and spirit, offering the opportunity to process and release accumulated stress and tension that cause physical, emotional, and mental dis-ease.

The most easily observable effect of Yoga Nidra practice is the extremely deep relaxation of your nervous system. Yoga Nidra has been clinically shown to be one of the most powerful methods available to achieve this state without the use of chemical agents.

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Why Practice Yoga Nidra:

Most of us don’t get adequate rest, are over-stimulated, and suffer from accumulated stress and tension. The effects of this may be evidenced in difficulty concentrating, muscle aches and pains, or just feeling worn down. Over time, stress accumulates and creates illness and disease. Regular practice of meditation like yoga nidra can help restore and maintain your vital life energy, prevent disease and will definitely improve your mood.

If you currently suffer from a condition such as insomnia, chronic pain, depression, anxiety or even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder you may find regular yoga nidra practice helps lessen the symptoms and provide a much greater sense of ease in your life.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice:

A profound experience of muscular, mental and emotional relaxation.
Soothes the autonomic nervous system.
Helps create new neuropath ways which lead to healthy habits and routines.
Increases quality and amount of sleep.
Improves creativity and whole brain functioning.
Enhances mental focus, and attention span.
Reduces the suffering of chronic pain.
Creates more ease and peace of mind in daily life.

Yoga Nidra is equally accessible and beneficial for novices and experienced meditators.

You may also gain these overall health and lifestyle benefits from Yoga Nidra

Fewer physical symptoms, such as headaches and back pain
Fewer emotional responses, such as anger and frustration
More energy
Improved concentration
Greater ability to handle problems
More efficiency in daily activities

The Technique

Yoga Nidra usually takes from twenty to forty five minutes to complete. The person lies on his or her back in totally relaxed posture (shivasana -posture simulating dead body). Eyes are lightly closed, arms are kept with palms facing upwards, breathing is natural and quiet.

How to practice Yoga Nidra:

All you do is lie down, listen, and receive!

You can practice yoga nidra meditation in any comfortable position, even in your bed!

To practice Yoga Nidra, you simply listen to the continuous, easy to follow instructions on these CDs. Find a place for your practice where you are not likely to be disturbed. Lie down, or sit, in a comfortable, generously cushioned place. Make sure you your body feels totally supported, especially the back of your neck. 

Unlike most meditations, Yoga Nidra is not something you do, it's something you feel. So while you are listening to the ongoing instructions, respond as best you can, without any strain or push. As much as possible, let go of your agenda and take it as it comes. The more you are able to welcome your experience just the way it is, no matter what it is, the more deeply relaxing and healing the practice will ultimately be. It’s a paradox; we let go of trying to control the experience or fix our selves, and everything happens by itself. Click here to learn more

Who Can Practice Yoga Nidra

Everyone can practice Yoga Nidra regardless of age, state of health, culture, heritage, or religion. It is devoid of religious content. Modifications are needed for those suffering from psychological conditions, especially if medication is being used.

Stillness and Falling Asleep

Stillness is an important aim during Yoga Nidra. When we keep the body still, our 'witness consciousness' is able to observe the deeper layers of being such as the physical body, breath, and manifestations of the prana body. If we fidget or move then we may be reacting, not observing. Sometimes we do need to move; then we do so slowly and mindfully.

Setting the intention to 'stay awake and alert during Yoga Nidra' can assist us in doing just that. Although sleep may happen at times, our view of Yoga Nidra is that it is transformational and powerful yoga practice. It is not wrong to fall asleep; this may be what the body genuinely needs. There are techniques to help a person remain awake, such as assuming a seated posture without back support, keeping the eyes open, or while laying on back in Savasana, keep elbow bent and one hand raised in the air.

Yoga Nidra is foolproof! It cannot be done wrong

The instructions are simple: with eyes closed, relax the body and listen. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do, except to stay attentive in an easy way without mental struggle. There is no need to worry or become agitated if you do not hear everything that is guided. It's natural to flow in and out of conscious hearing, and in fact it is most common among practitioners.

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Some of the Many Benefits of Yoga Nidra:

Yoga Nidra has numerous benefits that are well documented. It has been proven to:

Reduce chronic pain
Strengthen immune system
Lower blood pressure
Reduce anxiety, depression, and addiction
Balance the nervous system
Calm and stabilize mind and emotions
Reduce or eliminate pain medication
Reduce or eliminate insomnia
Strengthen endocrine system
Lower cholesterol levels
Effectively reduce PTSD
Remove unwanted physical stresses and tensions
Remove mental stresses and unwanted impressions
Recharge vital energy
Enhance creativity

There has been significant research done which proves again and again that Yoga Nidra is a scientifically sound method to improve health and alleviate illness. Studies have shown that a single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful and refreshing as four hours of conventional sleep.

Yoga Nidra helps in restoring mental, emotional, and physical health by way of relaxation, and makes the mind more conducive to withdrawing senses from their objects, concentration, and meditation. Such a practice helps harmonize two hemispheres of the brain and the two aspects of autonomous nervous system ( sympathetic and parasympathetic). The impressions in the subconscious are brought to surface, experienced and removed. Thus, the fixation of awareness on the body is replaced with the awareness linked to subtler aspects of prana (the life force) and spiritual dimensions allowing for maximizing of the pure yet un-manifested potential within.

Research and Studies into Yoga Nidra

Western science has been remarkable in understanding, explaining and providing the efficacy of ancient yogic practices. Yogis realized centuries ago the potency of prana, the importance of understanding energetic and physical anatomy, and the results and effects of yogic practices. Now Western science has proven many of these same results, and with proof comes acceptance. This helps us to comprehend how powerful a practice Yoga Nidra is. It also helps us to interest others in the practice when we can articulate the documented benefits of Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra, and other relaxation and meditation practices that are used within the framework of Yoga Nidra, have well documented health benefits. Research conducted in the last fifty years at recognized universities and medical centers including Stanford University, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Ohio State University, Medical College of Ohio, Banaras University and others, show that regular Yoga Nidra, meditation, guided imagery, and affirmation, offer viable means of prevention and reversal of numerous ailments and diseases, including cardiovascular and heart disease, chronic stress, pain, and psychological conditions.

Proven to permanently lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Proven to strengthen immune system
Increases helper cells that defend against infectious disease
Increases blood flow to the heart
Balances the autonomic nervous system
Proven to relieve pain and reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication
Balances and strengthens the endocrine system
Revitalizes and recharges vital energy
Stabilizes mind and emotions
Enhances creativity
Meditative and soothing
Heart opening and cultivates self-compassion
Leads one not only towards health and well-being but also towards self-awakening

Check back on this page regularly and view several abstract articles on the many wonderful benefits of yoga Nidra and deep relaxation techniques as we will add them soon.

Conditions Yoga Nidra addresses (& there are many more)

stress (the cause of most illness today)  
anxiety and depression
high blood pressure
heart disease
Digestive conditions
Chronic pain
Multiple sclerosis
Pre- and -post surgical conditions
Heal specific parts of the body
Geriatric psychological challenges

The powerful practice of Yoga Nidra with Dr. Deirdre is designed for everyone who is looking to honor themselves with deep healing, rest, and rejuvenation. You are guided through all levels of your being to relax and revitalize. Order Now.

I recommend that you use Yoga Nidra daily to embrace the natural relationship of your mind, body, and breath. Let it help you be healthy, whole, and revitalized.

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