Relaxing with Yoga Nidra
For anyone who has had the privilege of listening to Julie Lusk’s “Relax Deeply with Yoga Nidra,” you will probably understand what I am talking about.
Last night, I had trouble sleeping. This actually occurs quite frequently as I think my brain is sometimes way too active. I tend to over-analyze things or stay up really late to get things done. So a lot of the time I am up until 4 in the morning. Sometimes I’ve even been known to pull all nighters just to finish something, and last night was one of those nights.
Knowing full well that I had to get up to go to work in the morning, I decided to listen to Julie Lusk’s session about taking a three-hour nap in thirty minutes. And believe me, it was so helpful! It took a while to get into it, but afterwards I felt really relaxed.
Now, I don’t think that I should be doing this on a consistent basis, as I have read in previous articles that your body does need at least eight hours of sleep per night – but at least this is something I can do occasionally to get me through the day!
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I am happy to hear Yoga Nidra has helped you catch up on lost sleep. Doing Yoga Nidra regularly will reprogram and retrain your nervous system to relax. So that more regularly, when it’s time to sleep and you lie down, your nervous system will recall that it is time to relax, and will remember now how to do just that.
It may also be helpful for you in bed to lead yourself through body scan, simply feel each body part without changing anything, or breath awareness, to help your whole being come into this place of relaxation, which is called Relaxation Response, or Parasympathetic Nervous System mode. When you are up all night working and thinking, your system is more in flight or fight, or Sympathetic Nervous System mode.
Enjoy your practice,