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What is Yoga Nidra?

By The Yoga School / July 8, 2017

“Relaxation is the best antidote for all impurities”

~ Sri Dharma Mittra


Yoga Nidra is also known as yogic sleep. It is a conscious practice that induces total physical, mental and emotional relaxation.  According to Sri Andrei Ram Om, “An hour of Yoga Nidra equals to hours of regular sleep”.

Aside from being relaxing, restorative and restful, the practice of Yoga Nidra helps with alleviating stress, reducing symptoms of chronic pain, and transforming negative habits, behavior and ways of thinking.  It fosters feelings of peace, calm and clarity.

Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down to help practitioners to let go completely. Props such as pillows and blankets are commonly used to help practitioners relax into a completely comfortable and restful position.  It is a highly-guided process, and takes the mind through series of steps with clear specific instructions.

During the process of Yoga Nidra, practitioners move into a state of conscious deep sleep, which is often called the state of being between being asleep and awake.  The benefits of being in this “between” state is why Yoga Nidra is very restorative for the body.

It is recommended to set a conscious intention at the beginning of the practice then let go and allow deep relaxation of the body, mind and emotions.  This way, our unconscious self opens up to new ways of thinking, healing and fulfilling conscious intentions.  Only through complete relaxation can healing take place.

Healing is the ultimate goal of Yoga Nidra.


Experience Yoga Nidra with Peggy Santosa.