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This absolutely magical ancient practice is deeply restorative and rejuvenating and has the power to heal you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The best part is, this 30-minute practice is equivalent to 3 hours of sleep, in terms of the rest and rejuvenation it gives your mind and body!
Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain.
You cannot practice Yoga Nidra incorrectly. As you lie down, supported in shavasana, all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. You may drift in and out of deep consciousness, falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.
Your brain has 5 common brain waves; Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma. Most of us are locked into Beta where we feel stress and anxiety and it keeps our nervous system in a fight or flight mode (sympathetic nervous system).
You know you are in the Beta brain wave when you feel stress and anxiety. You know you are in an Alpha brain wave when you feel happy and content in the moment. You know you are in the Theta brain wave when you feel peace, calm, bliss and sense of knowing.
Using yoga nidra to shift into an alpha and theta brain wave is an easy way to shift your nervous system into a healing and recovery mode.
Scientists have discovered that certain brain wave frequencies (especially the Alpha and Theta) may:
· Facilitate a deep physical relaxation and mental clarity
· Deeper and longer sleep
· Relieves stress and promotes a lasting and substantial reduction in people prone to anxiety
· Increases verbal ability and also the performance IQ
· Better synchronization of the brain's hemispheres
· Improves imaginative and creative thinking
· Reduces pain, promotes euphoria and stimulates the release of endorphins
Meet your Yoga Nidra guide, Rachel Mcferran
Born and raised in Prince George, Rachel has always been passionate about holistic health and the impact it can have in our lives. Rachel started exploring yoga and meditation to manage chronic pain and improve injuries from a car accident. Rachel received her 200hr yoga teacher training certification in Prince George May 2016. Rachel has also taken training for Thetahealing, Reiki, Healing Touch, Bodywork and Essential oils. Rachel uses yoga and meditation to deepen her connection to mind, body and spirit.