Yoga Nidra is sometimes translated as yogic sleep, but is not sleeping. The nidra state is when we are conscious and aware, but physically relaxed and the thinking / feeling mind is disengaged. It is the state between wakefulness and sleep that we pass through just before we fall asleep, often so quickly that we are not aware of it. This technique could be described as a guided, meditative relaxation and can be practised either as a relaxation, while lying down, or as a meditation, in an upright sitting position.
The complete traditional yoga nidra guides us through an 8 stage process of awareness of the 5 levels of being, the koshas (body, breath, mind, intuitive widom, spirit). Shining the light of awareness into aspects of our being lights them up with the energy and power of consciousness and yoga nidra is considered to be one of the most deeply healing yoga practices.
A special feature of yoga nidra is the programming of the unconscious with a Sankalpa, a positive intention or resolve, which is mentally repeated at the start and end of each session.
Please note that, although helpful in cases of mild depression, yoga nidra may not be suitable if you are suffering from severe depression or psychosis.
To practise make sure you are warm and comfortable, so that you will be able to remain still and that you will not be disturbed by phones etc. Supported savasana is usually the most suitable and popular pose.
Experience a 28 minute yoga nidra.