Yoga Nidra for self care and deep calm
Updated: Mar 24, 2022
In this post I want to give a big shout out for some of the best freely available self care resources I’ve ever come across! Yoga nidra is a practice that’s accessible to everyone. All you need to do is get into the most comfortable position you can - for most of us that’s lying down - and listen. There are lots of lovely humans adding to the wealth of yoga nidra recordings freely shared online and I’ll list a few of my favourites below.
This form of guided deep relaxation really has changed my life. It’s brilliant for relieving stress and anxiety, for supporting healthy sleep and managing insomnia, and a wonderfully easy way to access deep restorative rest anytime you need it. It can be tremendously helpful for pain management, for supporting the body’s natural healing capacities and accessing states of deep calm. You can find yoga nidras lasting anywhere from five minutes to several hours, nidras created for different times of the day or year, nidras for a quick pick me up or nidras for a deep meditative journey.
Alongside this post, I’m sharing a yoga nidra especially for this time of the Spring Equinox, This the first in a planned series to follow the eightfold wheel of the year. It was recorded by a beautiful chalk spring at the foot of the South Downs, includes the sounds of water and birdsong. . You can listen to my nidra here.
Yoga Nidra Favourites
If this practice is new to you, a good place to start exploring is Yoga Nidra Network - their website includes a searchable library of downloadable nidras, recorded in over 20 different languages.
A quick YouTube search will yield a bounty of results - it’s a good idea to specify what kind of nidra you’re after, e.g. bedtime nidra, 20 minute nidra. You’ll soon discover what kinds of nidras work best for you, and which voices you like.
Here is a little selection of some of my favourite yoga nidra creators on YouTube. One thing they all have in common is that rather than sounding like they’re reading a script, all of these people really do hold space with their voices.
If you’re inspired to give some of these a try, do please let me know in the comments how you get on and tell me about your favourites! And finally a lovely one for anxiety and panic attacks:
And finally a lovely one for anxiety and panic attacks: