Yoga Nidra: Achieve a blissful state of sleep through insomnia yoga therapy.
If you’re like me, your mind is a whirlwind of thoughts always going, going, going. Even when you lay down to sleep it’s hard to quiet your mind. Instead, you toss and turn, waiting for that elusive sleep. If we can quiet our minds, our healing energy restores. Our bodies know what to do, they just need the energy to do it. There are several ways to reach this blissful state of sleep including meditation to help you sleep, Yoga Nidra for insomnia, and insomnia yoga therapy.
When we close our eyes, our brain waves naturally start to slow down, and as we fall asleep the waves slow even more. But if we can’t escape our thoughts, sleep cannot initiate. The waves just keep crashing in. This is insomnia. It is a chronic epidemic in our world. Sleep sufficiency is key in restoring that energy our bodies need to function physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sleep is the easiest anti-aging and disease prevention treatment on the planet!
I want to take a moment to discuss Yoga Nidra for insomnia as an alternative treatment that many people have found helpful. It’s an ancient, holistic practice that has been around for thousands of years. It’s not yoga like you think. There are no postures. You just lie down in a supremely comfortable position. Nidra is a word for “nap” or “sleep”. Yoga means “union” or “stilling the mind”. We all walk around daily with these thoughts misidentifying our lives. Yoga Nidra for insomnia allows us to disidentify with those thoughts, feelings, and emotions with a guided meditation to help you sleep, integrating energy diffusion techniques, muscle tension, relaxation, and breathing exercises.
The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to quiet the mind and can be thought of as meditation to help you sleep. The more balanced the mind, the greater peace, and ease we experience. Insomnia yoga therapy works by literally stilling the “waves” of the mind naturally entering the stages of sleep. By using our own breath and body awareness we can reach the deepest stages of sleep. Yoga Nidra reduces cortisol, which reduces stress and increases melatonin allowing us to fall asleep and stay asleep.
I truly believe there is a solution to our suffering due to lack of sleep, whether it’s from traditional medicine or alternative practices like Yoga Nidra. If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga Nidra, download my “help me sleep’ app, Nama Sleep which includes guided sleep meditations, relaxation, and techniques for better sleep.
I also invite you to join me for virtual Yoga Nidra by the Sea on Thursday, August 13th from 8-9 p.m. to experience this 1,000-year-old insomnia yoga therapy that has served as a solution for many. Register here.
If you have a problem with not getting enough sleep — talk to us, we can help make every morning a good one.