Intentional Rest -
There is a saying - listen to your body whisper so you won't have to listen to it scream...
Intentional rest - like taking time out for mindful movement, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is something you can practice in order to keep your cup full and inner light shining brightly.
Stress and burnout can leave you feeling numb with a dimming life force, your inner light reduces.
By practicing yoga and yoga nidra you are taking that special time to focus on intentional rest, your well-being, and refilling your cup.
Adopting a balanced approach and incorporating self nurturing practices into your lifestyle you can counter the effects of stress and anxiety, improving your wellbeing and quality of life.
By incorporating some self care - like practicing yoga nidra regularly - you are building self confidence and nervous system resilience.
By putting aside time for your selfcare you are you are letting your body, mind and spirit know that YOU too are important.
Forming a habit for your practice is one of the keys. Though even if you don't have a regular practice, doing it whenever you can will still bring you benefits.
One of the most healing things I feel that has helped me enormously in my life is the practice of Yoga Nidra - or Guided Deep Relaxation, and in te reo māori a beautiful name for this practice is - Rongoā Moemoeā - Dream Medicine.
Yoga Nidra is a systematic relaxation on all levels - you are guided through the process by the teacher as they take you through the many layers of self. Systematically releasing all the parts of you, physical, mental and more.
It is very effective at reaching the deeper levels of tension...without any need for physical touch, it releases tensions that we may be holding in the body-mind, often for a very long time.
Because there is no physical touch it can be helpful for people who have experienced trauma, or have injuries or illnesses, that make other modalities where touch or movement is required uncomfortable or not possible.
In fact you practice yoga nidra lying down, or can be in a supported seated position- and the whole idea is to be comfortable. A great practice for those who find seated meditation difficult.
I was lucky enough to have an amazing yoga nidra tohunga for over ten years. I learnt alot about this as a healing practice, a way to release past impressions and to really let go.
It was one of the most important things I did for myself during these years when I was a busy mum, business owner and yoga teacher.
My practice through these times was to do yoga nidra at least once a week - it was at the end of every yoga class I attended (and is at the end of every class I teach.) I also used a recording to do at home when I couldn’t make it to class, but also as a practice on it’s own.
When you have completed the process you feel completely relaxed, some people may feel a little sleepy or drowsy when they first start practicing.
But eventually, as you become more aware, and more used to relaxing without falling asleep, this feeling passes and you come out feeling relaxed, sometimes blissful, yet energised and ready to face life again.
It allows us to FULLY relax and let go....
Some studies have shown it to be even more effective than listening to music, or walking in nature.
It gives the mind also a chance to rest and restore- there are no decisions to be made or choices to make during yoga nidra.
I feel that resting intentionally with Yoga Nidra - Rongoā Moemoeā, is an absolute gift for us in this world today ... the current time is very stressful for many, and as the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Yoga nidra is definitely a time to refill your cup.
You are deserving and worthy of your own care and compassion as much anyone else, you are worthy, and your health, well-being and happiness have a flow on effect to everyone around you too.
It is important to know that Yoga Nidra is a practice in and of itself- you do not need to be fit, flexible or have any fancy clothing or equipment to do it.
So as a stand alone practice you don't need to do yoga poses or breathing first, though you can do some of either if it helps you.
Simple poses and breathing for 5 - 10 minutes can be beneficial to encourage the body-mind to let go of tension and open up to receiving before you do the relaxation, but are not strictly necessary.
If you would like to come on a yoga nidra journey with me and experience it for yourself there is an amazing yoga nidra - deep relaxation video included in my online course - Aroha Nui Yoga for Calm - available here
The beauty of yoga for Calm is that you can do my Deep Relaxation at anytime without having to go through the whole programme first.
Simply go to the Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation section of the course and be prepared to finish feeling blissful…♥️
I highly recommend you try this practice as often as you can if you are feeling burnt or stressed, or at least once a week as a part of your wellness/ self care routine for maintenance.
Make it a habit to love yourself and refill that cup!
Linsey ♥️ x
P.S I am releasing an audio only guided deep relaxation too - please sign up to the email newsletter to receive notice on when it will be available.