A Profound Practice. Yoga Nidra

Experience Ashley's Yoga Nidra as part of a lavish self-care experience this Monday, November 11th from 5:30-7:30pm at Badlands Yoga, 2439 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque: Full Moon Restorative Yoga Nidra Gong Bath

Step into the studio, find your perfect Savasana shape, and allow yourself to dissolve. Dissolve into spacial awareness. Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep, is a deeply rooted sacred practice dating back to the writings of the Upanishads. 700BC the writings began, 1000BC verbal teachings and sharing of the practice followed. The Mandukya Upanishad introduces and discusses the four states of waking accessed and experienced during Yoga Nidra.

  1. Jagrat: the waking stateGive yourself the permission to experience and practice deep restoration.

(U) Swapna: the dreaming state

(M) Sushupti: the deep dreamless state

(•) Turiya: pure consciousness

From the waking state (jagrat), the dreaming state (swapna), Deep dreamless state (sushupti) to pure consciousness (turiya). Turiya is the state of silent awareness of the other three states. Potent processing, exploration of the inner scape, and profound release and/or integration of what still resides or what no longer serves takes place here.

Before a Yoga Nidra class/session starts, take the time to get into a comfortable and supported lying position. Specific sets of verbal cues begin to draw your attention and awareness inward. This consciousness differs from seated meditation where only a single focus is needed. Yoga Nidra uses the practice of Pratyahara, or removal of the senses. Hearing softly remains allowing for the receiving of guidance while the remaining four senses are internalized. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest states of relaxation while maintaining consciousness. Lucid dream can take place or pure absorption into the backdrop of all existence. Samadhi.

On the science side of Yoga Nidra, the numerous benefits of the practice have a visceral and profound impact on all levels or layers. Some of the many abundant benefits of a Yoga Nidra Practice are; increased production and release of dopamine within the brain, improvement in blood pressure and heart rate, soothing of the antonymous nervous system, support for anxiety and depression, hugely impactful with PTSD and trauma of all forms, reduction & resolve of unhealthy addictions & habits, reset and improve quality of sleep, provide pain management, and over all health and energy to name a few! Each session is as restorative as 3 hours of R.E.M sleep.

Yoga Nidra requires no previous experience and can be practiced by everyone. Adaptable to meet every human where they are no matter physical considerations and a non-physical practice with huge benefits. There are several styles of Yoga Nidra and avenues to access these healing practices. I invite you to explore each until you find the Yoga Nidra style that you have the most profound healing experience with. Yoga Nidra can be practiced daily, several times a week, or monthly. The rate will be at your choosing and will depend on what’s going on in your life at that time. The style of Nidra used may also change from time to time too!

A few current Yoga Nidra Methods:

•Satyananda Saraswati

•Amrit Method | I AM NIDRA (Kamini Desai, PhD)

•Mindful Yoga Nidra (Anne Cushman)

•iRest Yoga Nidra (Richard Miller)

Avenues to Access Yoga Nidra:

Christine & Ashley at Badlands Yoga

•Private Yoga Nidra

•Yoga Nidra Classes

•Yoga Nidra Events

Books: Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda, Yoga Nidra; The Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamnini Desai Phd, Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk, and Yoga Nidra; A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing by Richard Miller.

Digital: Insight Timer App, Apple Music, Spotify.

In closing, I myself practice Yoga Nidra regularly. Three to five times a week and a combination of several of the recommendations above. I have found deep healing, processing, release, and a path back to my true joy through this practice. So much that I took a training to become a facilitator. I studied 100 hours with Kamini Desai PHD in the Amrit Method I AM NIDRA and will be continuing my Nidra education an additional 100 hours. I currently hold monthly Full Moon Nidra Gong with Restorative each month at Badlands Yoga and facilitate private Yoga Nidra sessions for deeper focused healing. Give yourself the permission to experience this practice and rest in deep restoration.

Ashley Arnold


IAM Yoga Nidra Certified Facilitator