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  • Writer's pictureFrancesca Matteoda

Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)

Hello my lovelies...Today is Friday 22nd of May and it's the third day of confinement in the bedroom for me. On Wednesday morning I woke up with a lot of COVID-19 symptoms, rang the doctor and she scheduled a PCR test for Thursday. I had it done and am waiting for the results, which should arrive on Monday. I feel much better today, fine really if it weren't for the cough, but the doctor said I should isolate myself from the rest of the family until we know for sure whether I have the dreaded virus or not, so here I am, stuck in my room with the cats. Could be worse! I could be stuck in a room full of smelly people, or could be stranded in another country far from home, so really I should count my blessings.

I videoed another version of Chandra Namasakar for you, as promised last week, but I can't upload it yet as I need to do the VoiceOver and I can't because my cough is quite bad and I can't speak much before having a little fit. Luckily, I'd recorded this Yoga Nidra before getting ill. Last time I did a voice recording I put it on SoundCloud because Wix wouldn't let me upload audio, but I see only 5 people took the trouble of going to that page, so I've turned it into a video (with a still image) and you can access it right here. I was going to post it in a few weeks' time, but as I've had to change my plans, you can have it now :-)

Yoga Nidra is considered a meditation technique, but it’s more like a conscious sleep. In fact, its name literally means “yogic sleep” or “conscious sleep”. This is because the body relaxes, but the mind remains alert. During the practice, you shift your attention from one part of the body to another. It is a powerful practice that leads to complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

The version we know today was created by Satyananda Saraswati in the1960s, but it is based on more ancient practices. He simply adapted it to his own needs and the needs of the modern-day world. According to Satyananda, sleeping is not a state of unconsciousness; there is a latent potential, a consciousness that remains awake and alert to the outside world. By training your mind, you can learn to use and fully develop this potential.

Today’s practice will last just under 25 minutes, so make sure you have enough time before you start. Make yourself as comfortable as possible and put your phone on flight mode or silent (make sure the vibration option is off too).

Recommended props: yoga mat; blanket; bolster, rolled up yoga mat or cushions to put under your knees; possibly a pillow to put under your head.

There are no contraindications to yoga nidra, but if you suffer from lower back problems you definitely need to place a bolster or support of some sort underneath your knees.


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