Meditation Mondays: What is Yoga Nidra?

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There are so many different types of yoga to choose from: hatha, Bikram, ashtanga, kundalini, restorative. And many more!

I have been gravitating to the more relaxing yoga styles lately, such as restorative yoga. I actually didn’t know this type of yoga was a thing until recently, when I started doing the 10 minute restorative yoga video on YouTube by Sarah Beth.

Since then, I discovered that my local yoga studio, Ignite Yoga, offers a restorative yoga class on a regular basis. If you are in the mood to relax, get a good stretch, but not be out of breath and sweaty, this is a great type of yoga to try.

After reading the descriptions of offered classes on the studio’s website when a restorative class wasn’t available, I decided to give Yoga Nidra a try.

I had no idea what to expect, but figured it would be some type of relaxing class, based on the description. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Yoga Nidra is actually a meditation class!

What To Expect at a Yoga Nidra Class

I entered the room dimly lit by faux candles to find that the other students were already situated in savasana (lying on the back), looking very comfy. Each student was covered in at least one blanket, and most were using props such as bolster pillows under their legs and head for greater support and comfort. Some even had a pillow on either side of their yoga mat as a place to rest their arms.

I still didn’t know this class would only be exercising the mind, but collected my props after studying the other people who already knew what they were doing.

Once I figured out we wouldn’t be moving again for the next hour or so, I found my happy place on the yoga mat. After planting an herb garden all day, I actually could have used some gentle stretching. I was also pretty exhausted from the weeding and planting, so I had a hard time staying fully awake and present during the class.

Guided Meditation

The instructor had a nice guided meditation prepared, appropriately themed around the start of spring. We focused on our dreams as being a tiny seed that has the potential to grow and become whatever we want. The instructor put it much more eloquently, but I was dozing in and out so I can only piece together what she said.

I was a little bit worried that I would fall asleep and start snoring during the class, so I didn’t completely allow myself to relax like I would when meditating at home. I know I started to fall asleep several times but mostly caught myself and woke up.

I actually didn’t want to sleep because I liked what she was saying so much. I only had one of those spazzy, twitchy sleeping moments where your whole body jumps up like an electric shock right near the end of the class. Otherwise, nothing too embarrassing happened!

If you find a Yoga Nidra class to go to and have never been, hopefully this gives you some idea of what to expect. This type of class would be great for getting in some very relaxing meditation time. Next time I will try not to worry about falling asleep and snoring so much!

What is your favorite style of yoga? Have you tried Yoga Nidra? Please share your thoughts!

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  1. Donna Merrill Apr 7, 11:01 am

    Hi Annie,

    I never heard of Yoga Nidra but from what you shared it seems like a very relaxing experience.
    I used to do yoga a few years back, but fell off the track. My 84 year old mom does it twice week and has cast aside her walker. Now she has perfect balance and better breathing.
    Maybe it’s time for me to join her?

    -Donna

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    1. anniehurley Apr 8, 7:34 pm

      Donna, I love hearing your mom’s story! So inspiring. I bet she would love to have you join 🙂 Who knows? could be a great blog post!

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  2. Meg Evans Apr 7, 7:23 pm

    I haven’t tried it, but it sounds lovely. 🙂

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    1. anniehurley Apr 8, 7:36 pm

      Ya, I had never heard of it before and had no idea. Adult nap time of sorts 🙂

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