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.
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!
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, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression and chemical dependency.
This information is from the book, Yoga Nidra the Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desai, PHD
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All of the mindfulness and meditation sources were sited on - SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF MEDITATION – 76 THINGS YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON LiveandDare.com
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