In today’s fast-paced world, where stress, anxiety, and insomnia seem to have become the norm, finding moments of deep relaxation and self-awareness can be a challenge. However, there’s a transformative practice that offers a path to not only relaxation but also immense awareness – Yoga Nidra, often referred to as “yogic sleep.”
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a systematic form of guided meditation that helps individuals transcend their wandering minds. During a session of Yoga Nidra, participants are gently led into a state of deep relaxation while maintaining heightened awareness. It’s a practice that brings the body back into its natural state of homeostasis, making it especially beneficial for those struggling with stress, anxiety, or insomnia.
Breaking Free from Old Habits
In our hectic lives, we can often find oursleves operating on autopilot, driven by ingrained habits rather than conscious choices. This phenomenon can lead us away from our true potential, who God created us to be. Yoga Nidra offers a chance to break free from these old habits.
Some studies suggest that we often mistake our free will for habituation. When this occurs, we may feel disconnected from our true purpose and our original design — God’s design.
Yoga Nidra encourages us to be present in the moment — fully aware of our choices and decisions. It’s a practice that aligns with the concept of Psalm 119, “I’ve hidden your words in my heart that I might not sin against You.“
The Role of the Holy Spirit
Yoga Nidra can be a unique opportunity to turn inward and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is our source of power (2 Timothy 1:7), guiding us into all truth (John 16:13). It’s a presence that doesn’t draw attention to itself but rather quietly influences our lives.
When we immerse ourselves in Yoga Nidra, we can create a space where the Holy Spirit can speak to us without distraction.
Finding Awareness and Contentment
Yoga Nidra invites us to shed the chains of our personal stories and preconceived notions of ourselves. In doing so, we tap into a profound state of awareness where all distractions and complexities fade away. This state of pure presence is where we truly connect with God.
When we quiet our minds through Yoga Nidra, we allow contentment to flourish. It’s a practice that reminds us that we are human be-ings, not human do-ings.
Curious about learning more about the benefits of Yoga Nidra, and how to incorporate it into your practice? Join us for a FREE on-demand Yoga Nidra Workshop!
Skylar grew up as an Arizona resident, and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Global Health, minoring in Biology, Communications, and Religious Studies. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector; she co-founded a non-profit while in college and has nearly ten years of ministry experience working for local churches. Skylar is currently on staff at Holy Yoga as the Creative Content Provider, in addition to working for her own creative studio, Magnolia Creative Co. In her free time, she enjoys gardening; testing new recipes in the kitchen; using her brain – being creative, learning a new hobby, or reading; and spending time with her family and rescue dog. You can find out more about her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hey.skylarrenee or on her website www.magnoliacreative.com
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