Yoga Nidra is that part of your yoga class where you feel like you're being tucked up into bed. The part where you might think..."I had no idea yoga was so relaxing, I thought it was about balancing on your head?!" That part of class where you drift into a dreamy state and leave the room feeling like you're floating on a cloud.
Yoga Nidra is a potent meditative resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. Yoga Nidra means "Yogic Sleep". It is a deep relaxation in which you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and enter into the deep sleep state, while remaining fully awake and alert. This state of awareness is extremely beneficial, both for releasing stress, and for experiencing the joy of subtler spiritual explorations or experiences.
During pregnancy, Yoga Nidra can help promote better sleep and better relaxation (both are gold and in pregnancy even more so). If yoga in its entirety helps to move the pesky mind out of the way, Yoga Nidra awakens the body's innate wisdom, allowing it to simply do what it knows. Here is where the similarity lies with hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing and Yoga Nidra
In an ideal world, in an ideal western society, Hypnobirthing and expensive Hypnobirthing courses would not exist. You see, you already have the perfect system of giving birth created in your body. Your body knows exactly what it is doing, but the trouble is, we are sort of bombarded with negative birth stories, scaremongering media and unhelpful pre-conceptions which often stop it from working properly. When w ego into labour, the fact is that Hypnobirthing practices and yoga nidra, can help you to release fear and give you the tools to birth comfortably and with bundles of confidence.
Here is a link to my favourite Yoga Nidra for Pregnancy download. It's from The Yoga Nidra Network, set up by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli. Please credit them if you share this link.
Enjoy! With love,