Yoga Nidra and Meditation


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, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression and chemical dependency.

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 the 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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