iRest Yoga Nidra® and Devine Sleep Yoga Nidra
The Power of Rest
Yoga Nidra is a 4000 year old guided meditation technique that guides and teaches you how to ease stress and relax physically, emotionally and mentally while remaining totally alert and aware. . The student is guided through a series of progressive relaxation and meditation techniques aimed at raising awareness of different aspects of the body, mind, and emotions. Yoga Nidra’s magic helps you accept ‘what is’ thereby freeing up energy that is typically bound up in fighting with reality. Although this is an effortless practice – there is nothing to know and nothing to do—a great deal is happening. The practice paradoxically frees energy and empowers you to face life’s challenges with equanimity and ‘right-action’. Learning to observe and accept ‘what is’ leads to more freedom, satisfaction, and contentment in daily living.
- Improved sleep and daytime feeling of being more rested
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Lessening of chronic pain
- Overall feeling of being more at ease
- Increased ability to act effectively under pressure
- Decrease in negativity
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved abilities to concentrate
There are different protocols of yoga nidra that have been used to reduce stress and improve overall emotional and physical health for many, many years; yoga nidra has been used as a spiritual path and practice for thousands of years.
In 2006, The Department of Defense conducted a feasibility study specifically on the use of iRest yoga nidra, the protocol in which I am trained and teach, to treat the symptoms of PTSD in soldiers returning from battle deployment. Initial results were very encouraging, and now much larger studies are being conducted.
As a result of the encouraging initial research results, iRest yoga nidra is now being taught to active duty soldiers as part of a multidisciplinary treatment program for PTSD and Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms at Walter Reed Army Hospital. In addition, iRest is being used successfully at the VA in Washington DC as well as at other VA’s around the country to help diminish the effects of PTSD. As more people are being trained in this particular protocol, iRest is being offered to many other populations in hospitals, homeless shelters and prisons; not surprisingly, the practice is coming ‘home’ and being offered at more and more yoga studios, not merely as the 5-10 minute shavasana relaxation at the end of a yoga class, but as a complete relaxation and meditation experience on its own.
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