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About yoga nidra, sleep-based meditation

About yoga nidra, rest, sleep based meditation, relaxation technique, Daring to Rest yoga nidra, rest and restore methods and practices in Singapore

... rest is the sense of stopping, of giving up on what we have been doing or how we have been being ... the journey into the body’s un-coerced and un-bullied self ...
— David Whyte

Yoga nidra

Yoga nidra, literally meaning yogic sleep, is a deep restorative rest practice in which the body sleeps with full awareness. A type of sleep-based meditation, yoga nidra effortlessly guides the body and mind into rest and relaxation states. It feels like a nap, and people have described fifteen minutes to feel like an hour of sleep.

Research have quantified the benefits of yoga nidra to include:

  • Improved overall well-being

  • Lowered anxiety and depression

  • Lowered stress and tensions

  • Improved sleep and insomnia symptoms

  • Lowered blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Heightened creativity

  • Improved training of the mind

Yoga nidra, restorative rest meditation

Our brains on yoga nidra

Our brains are constantly stimulated as we live in this 24/7 plugged-in world. We are living in a chronic ‘fight-or-flight’ state, consistently driving on gear six, literally and figuratively. Yoga nidra effortlessly powers us down to gears one and zero. During yoga nidra, the guided instructions generate deep sleep brain waves including theta and delta waves. In this deeply restorative state, our thoughts slow down, providing our brains the much-needed respite and opportunity for our bodies to regenerate.


Daring to rest

Daring to Rest yoga nidra is a movement to support contemporary people to reclaim one of their most basic and under-rated need: rest. Beyond physical and mental rest, yoga nidra also guides us to our true nature and inner wisdom when practiced over time. Rising up and leading in such a well-rested form does not only benefit yourself, but also benefits everyone and the world around you.

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