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Infinite Lotus Yoga & Meditation


Yoga Nidra and Meditation

Meditation workshop

Why Yoga Nidra?

A practice of meditation is a goal that many people struggle to achieve. It can be frustrating and difficult to quiet the constant chatter of our minds and our everyday stresses. I have found one of the best ways for my students to relax the mind and restore the body is with a guided mediation called Yoga Nidra.  In this guided meditation, students can add their own intentions to create a personalized and restorative experience.

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra translates to 'Yogic Sleep' but it is not the same as going to sleep. It is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. In this state, participants can drop into Delta brainwaves and demonstrate all the symptoms of deep, non-REM sleep while still remaining fully conscious. Yogis say that 45 minutes of Nidra is as restorative as three hours of sleep because the body is so deeply relaxed and is not dreaming. All you have to do is lie back, listen, and relax. It is really that simple!

What is an iRest® Yoga Nidra?

iRest® stands for Integrative Restoration.  These Yoga Nidras have been developed by Dr. Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute. Research indicates that that iRest® effectively alleviates, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression,  chemical dependency, and PTSD.

Client Testimonials for Yoga Nidra


Client Testimonial for iRest® Yoga Nidra Session

"I was introduced to iRest yoga by Renee. It has been a great personal experience for me. Her passion for the practice is contagious and her realistic and spiritual approach to the practice led to my deep and continued interest in iRest. I have been interested in and have practiced other forms of meditation and yoga, and I have found iRest to be transformative. I highly recommend Renee."

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Client Testimonial for Yoga Nidra

"I reached out to Renee about her private yoga nidra sessions after taking a few of her yoga classes. I'm a PT and was preparing for a dry needling course and this requires you to be model for other participants to practice on. And I DO NOT like needles. ... Renee helped me set a specific intention (tailoring it to me so I felt confident and believed in what I was saying) and integrated specific phrases in regards to needles to help desensitize my mind to the idea of needles...      I feel she went above and beyond in making this experience individualized and pertinent to my needs. She was very encouraging through the whole process and even texted to wish me good luck the weekend of the course. The course did go well...      I would highly recommend setting up a private session with Renee (whether it's for yoga or a nidra), particularly if you have something specific you want to work through, as she can help provide a more intentional and positive outlook on whatever you may be working on :)" And I mean every word! Truly and honestly, thank you. You are great at what you do :) ~A. Wilsey, Physical Therapist, Nidra Private Session  


Client Testimonial for Yoga Nidra

"Renee, came to my home and allowed me to seek peace and comfort to which I hadn't had in a while dealing with chronic pain I'm going through radiation therapy. She made it very comfortable even with my pets around and respected my home. I recommend Renee to anyone reduce stress, anxiety, and bring peace."  G. Brown, Yoga Nidra Meditation Private Session

What Meditation and Yoga Nidra can do for you:

  • Releases serotonin and stimulates growth and regeneration of the hippocampus. (The hippocampus is the part of the brain affects emotion regulation, learning and memory).
  • Returns the body to homeostatic balance by engaging the parasympathetic system to counter the sympathetic system. (The sympathetic system is your 'fight, flight or freeze' responses to your daily stresses). 
  • Releases endorphins which can positively affect mood and well-being. Creates the same endorphin high as running and much easier on the joints!
  • Natural boost to DHEA hormone levels (DHEA sharpens memory, relieves depression, and can improve psychological and physical well-being)
  • Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant and helps with sleep, is significantly decreased during times of stress. Meditation and stress reduction can restore healthy levels of melatonin in the body.  
  • Restores cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when the mind and body are stressed and higher and prolonged exposure to cortisol accelerates aging.  

This information is from the book, Yoga Nidra the Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desai, PHD 

*Please see below for even more information on the benefits of meditation*

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Research on Meditation

Just a Few of the Studies on the Beneficial Effects of Meditation

  • Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress - Suggested that during and after meditation training, subjects were more skilled at keeping focus, especially on repetitive and boring tasks. Another study demonstrated that even with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate. They also performed better on information-processing tasks that were designed to induce deadline stress. Sources: Time MagazineNCBI, Link Springer

  • Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke - Noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.”   Sources:Time Magazine, American Heart Association, HealthCentral

  • Meditation affects genes that control stress and immunity - Harvard Medical School demonstrated that, after practicing yoga and meditation, the individuals had improved mitochondrial energy production, consumption and resiliency. Develops a higher immunity in the system and resilience to stress.  Sources:  NCBI, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal

  • Meditation reduces blood pressure - …2/3 of high blood pressure patients showing significant drops in blood pressure after 3 months of meditation, and less need for medication. Relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels. Sources: The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, NPR News

  • Mindfulness meditation improves rapid memory recall - “Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall”. Source:PsychCentral

All of the mindfulness and meditation sources were sited on - SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF MEDITATION – 76 THINGS YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON ​

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