Finding Stillness

In our busy lives, it's hard to make time for rest, for rejuvenation, for stillness. We go, go go and although we do sleep, I'm not sure we truly rest or recover from our busyness. I think we operate at a sleep deficit and that is not a good thing.

I was drawn to Yoga Nidra because I was intrigued by the concept. Guided meditation, bundled up with blankets and props to basically 'rest' for the length of the class. Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep - but not sleep as an unconscious state but sleep with awareness. An hour of Yoga Nidra is as refreshing and restorative as 4 hours of good sleep. I was skeptical but interested so I attended a few classes.

It was like nothing I had expected and everything I didn't know I needed. Bolsters and blocks cradled me under a soft blanket, a lavender filled eye pillow lay across my closed eyes and the guided meditation was soothing and comforting. For an hour, I was transported to a world deep within myself, connecting with my soul and my inner being, while my physical body rested.

The more you practice Yoga Nidra, the deeper you can go. Sometimes what you find can make you uncomfortable - things you've been avoiding or that are hard for you to reconcile. It's not meant to replace professional help (psychologists or therapists for example) for things that you need help with but more for you to connect with self, becoming aware of what you need, where you are in space, how you feel and who you are. A journey to self.

At the very least, it helps you find stillness, if only for a short time, from your busy life. Time spent just for you, with you, within you.

Hope to see you on your mat!