yoga nidra and mental health

Yoga Nidra is such effective technique, not only for physical or mental relaxation but also for preparing the mind for the higher yogic disciplines. Yoga Nidra literally means Yogic Sleep, and it is a state of conscious deep sleep, a dynamic sleep that takes place between the awakened state and the sleep state.

Yoga Nidra is now an evidence-based practice. The practice has proven benefits for people undergoing PTSD, depression, insomnia, hostility, psychosomatic diseases, chronic pain, anxiety, stress-related disorders and chemical dependency as well as for the establishment of joy, resilience and a sense of well-being in daily life.

The Biological Basis of Yoga Nidra Stress is the biggest problem of modern life. We carry stress both within the physical body and in the emotional body of which we are not even aware. Yoga Nidra is a unique method that goes below surface tensions to release and transform stress at its deepest level.  Normal waking brain activity produces the faster, fragmented beta waves. The waking state also engages the sympathetic nervous system which reacts to cause stimulus and the secretion of adrenaline, leading to stress and fatigue. Yoga Nidra allows you to drop into a sleep-like state with relaxed brainwave activity. Slow alpha waves, and even slower theta waves, produce deep relaxation and are the entry points to the subconscious.

Yoga Nidra is qualitatively different from relaxation. It is a ‘sleep’ where all passions are spent; all the burdens are rendered to attain a more blissful state of mind, a relaxation much more intense than ordinary sleep. Yoga Nidra aims to focus the mind to achieve relaxation and increase wellness. It is deemed to be a successful therapy for both recent and longstanding psychological disturbances of all kinds, especially high anxiety levels and neurotic behaviour patterns.

Modern neuropsychologists have proven that there is regular correspondence between body and brain. Neurosurgeons demonstrated that each part of the body is reproduced ‘cartographically’ in a particular region of the brain. That is, all parts of the body have a corresponding brain area which explains the impact of Yoga Nidra practice may have on different parts of the body through cortical re-mapping. A neurosurgeon acts on the body, by stimulating the brain. Yoga Nidra works the other way round. It heightens our bodily awareness and thus, stimulates the brain. Scientists are now taking advantage of new technologies to see exactly what goes on inside the brains of Yoga Nidra practitioners. The neuroscientists hypothesize that regular yoga nidra meditation actually alters the way the brain is wired, and that these changes could be at the heart of claims that meditation can improve health and well-being.

Research further shows that the brain experiences the same activity during a 30 minute Yoga Nidra practice as about 4 hours of sleep. If we regularly remove our stress by Yoga Nidra, we will not only sleep better, but also our sleep will be much more restorative. Through this form of relaxation we prepare our system to be in a state of perfect receptivity.

People who practice Yoga Nidra report:

  • Greater ability to relax and enjoy life
  • Reduced anxiety, depression and fear
  • Improved interpersonal relations
  • Reduced chronic pain and insomnia
  • Increased well-being, inner contentment

Some Example Populations who have been proven to benefit:

  • Those suffering from PTSD
  • Soldiers returning from war
  • Multiple Sclerosis Patients
  • Those suffering with anxiety disorders and depression
  • Those not responding to psychiatric medications
  • Menstrual disorders, PMS and pain relief

Yoga nidra may offer patients a drug-free, self-treatment option to heal their condition in conjunction with professional psychiatric care.

This Yoga Nidra course will explore the history and practice of this meditation, as well as delve into the science behind why and how it works.

Yoga Nidra teacher training is for yoga and meditation teachers wishing to learn more about this ancient practice and further their teaching repertoire. It is also for anyone who would like to learn more about yoga nidra for their own well-being.

Soundbites

Listen in to our last Yoga Nidra teacher training with Swami Muktibodhananda for a small taste of what to expect.


What you will learn

  • How to teach students to consciously explore the waking state, the dreaming state, the sleeping state and how to experience all three collectively
  • Understand and teach brain wave patterning and common states of mind related to such patterns
  • How to impart evidenced based research into yoga nidra
  • Understand and teach how yoga nidra cam assist in mental health disorders
  • How to teach the practice of yoga nidra
  • Body-mind integration understanding• How to achieve better concentration through yoga nidra
  • How to change mental habits and achieve greatest potential
  • Learn how to restructure experiences and revaluate situations with students
  • Exploring the effective use of intentions, or sankalpas
  • Understand Yoga philosophy and the mind in relation to current mental health framework
  • Learn yoga therapy and meditation tools for delivering yoga teachings and philosophy to groups and individual in both clinical and private settings

Your teachers

Swami Muktibodhananda will bring to light the ancient models of Yoga Nidra with her modern humour, incredible wisdom, intelligence and mastery on these topics.

The Yoga Nidra course is scheduled from 8am – 4:30pm on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April 2018 (Easter Holiday weekend) at Upper Brookfield Retreat

There are no prerequisites for this course.

To enrol, simply click on the payment option of your choice to be taken directly to the YIMI online store. From here you will see your chosen course in the cart, along with our policies, and you can proceed to checkout.

Yoga Nidra and Mental Health

One weekend module on 1st & 2nd April 2018

Meditation Teacher Training

Want to become an accredited Meditation Teacher? The Yoga Nidra course is also part of the Meditation Teacher Training in 2018; three modules in March, April, June and August (choose 3 of 4), plus extensive online material.

The Meditation Teacher Training is a Meditation Australia accredited course offering a pathway towards Senior Membership. Find out more here.

This course attracts CPD points with Yoga Australia and other governing bodies.

Upon completion of this yoga nidra course, you can undertake a range of courses with YIMI to upgrade your qualification.

This course is also part of the Meditation Teacher Training*, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, and Diploma in Yoga Therapeutics and credits toward the completion of these courses.

*Want to become an accredited Meditation Teacher? Consider the Meditation Teacher Training course. The Meditation Teacher Training is a Meditation Australia accredited course offering a pathway towards Senior Membership. Find out more here.

Enrolment

Enrolling in a course is easy. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be on your way in no time!

  1. Read our policies. YIMI policies are also provided at checkout.
  2. Click on the payment option of your choice to be taken directly to the YIMI online store. From here you will see your chosen course in the cart, along with our policies, and you can proceed to checkout.

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