End your yoga routine with these step-by-step instructions for a perfect yoga nidra.
Simply described as effortless relaxation, yoga nidra is an essential end to any yoga pose sequence.
Yoga postures ‘warm up’ the body; yoga nidra ‘cools it down’.
Ask yourself – after a yoga routine, what do you do? Gaze outside your window, start planning the next stops in your day, head for a juice?
While most people treat yoga as a body workout, the truth is a yoga routine provides deep restoration to your body and mind. And to make your practice more effective, it’s ideal to end your yoga sequence with yoga nidra.
Just as a car engine needs to be turned off and allowed to cool down after a long drive, similarly, after doing yoga postures, we need to cool our body with yoga nidra. It helps conserve and consolidate the energy from the yoga poses (active) practices. Yoga nidra relaxes the entire system, preparing it for pranayama and meditation. It is therefore important to keep aside sufficient time for yoga nidra after yoga postures.
How yoga nidra benefits you
* Cools down the body after yoga postures, restoring normal temperature
* Activates the nervous system to absorb the effects of yoga poses
* Flushes out body toxins
In yoga nidra, we consciously take our attention to different parts of the body, which activates the nerves in those areas and helps to integrate the impact of the asanas (yoga postures) into our system.
Here is a step-by-step guide to do yoga nidra.
Tip: It is a good idea to cover yourself with a blanket to keep yourself warm. The body becomes warm while doing postures and a sudden drop in temperature is not suitable.
Yoga nidra is thus a joyous, effortless way to end your yoga practice. Just let go, relax and enjoy the experience that follows.
(Based on inputs by senior Sri Sri Yoga teachers: Dinesh Kashikar and Shriram Sarvotham.)