yoga nidra

Yoga Nidra

A guided meditation practice that promotes deep relaxation and inner peace by moving through stages of consciousness.


Achieve deep relaxation and inner peace through conscious yogic sleep. 😴


Experiencing difficulty in relaxing the body and mind:

  • Struggling to calm the constant chatter of thoughts
  • Difficulty in unwinding after a long day
  • Overwhelmed by negative emotions
  • Inability to fully relax during meditation or mindfulness practices


Yoga Nidra, a powerful relaxation technique rooted in ancient yogic traditions, guides you into a deep conscious sleep.

In a nutshell:

  1. Find a quiet space and lie comfortably, using a pillow to support your head or knees if needed.
  2. Close your eyes. Take slow breaths, allowing your body to relax.
  3. Follow a guided Yoga Nidra meditation or script, leading you through relaxation techniques, visualization, and self-inquiry.
  4. Allow yourself to relax while maintaining a subtle awareness of your surroundings.

My Take

I think Yoga Nidra is perfect for people who struggle with traditional meditation, as it allows you to bypass the usual challenges of a busy mind.

When practicing Yoga Nidra, your brain enters a state similar to deep sleep, but you remain aware and present. 👌 This status helps release muscle tension and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, the pretty fascinating system that is responsible for your relaxation and recovery.


  • Easy to start with for beginners
  • Promotes deep relaxation and stress relief
  • Helps improve sleep quality
  • Can be practiced anytime, anywhere


  • May take some time to master it
  • Requires a quiet environment
  • Some may find it challenging to stay awake during the practice


So far, I have tried it only a couple of times, and this was years ago. I really need to find more time again to come back to it. Some quick notes and findings from my research:

  1. Guidance: I think I’d definitely restart with guided sessions, which will provide clear instructions and help me stay focused. YouTube has tons of guided meditations like this one.
  2. Establish a Sankalpa (intention): This I find interesting (but can’t really remember it). Before beginning your practice, you typically come up with an intention. It is a positive statement or goal you want to manifest. Just to have a focal point that helps guide your Yoga Nidra session. Examples of Sankalpas:
    – “I am cultivating quietness in my life.”
    – “I am letting go of self-judgment.”
    – “I am open to experiencing joy each day.”
  3. Auxiliaries: It’s a technique where you can use blankets, pillows, or an eye mask to create a comfortable, relaxing environment that supports your body and limits distractions. I really like this!
  4. Sleeping: Falling asleep during the exercise is “an issue” 😴 🙂. So, a sitting or semi-reclined position instead of lying down completely flat might work better for some people. Well, I enjoy falling asleep during meditation or calming exercises 😎 happens quite often because I personally prefer lying down for all the techniques I try.