“Deep Relaxation: Guided Yoga Nidra is a much needed doorway into a world of profound rest and reconnection with ourselves. Effortlessly, Jennifer Reis, leads us out of our scattered and frenetic lives to a place of healing and peace. Yoga Nidra is the antidote for modern life. Everyone should do it daily.” -- Mark Hyman, MD author of the New York Times bestseller, UltraMetabolism.
\"Come home to your natural state of balance and peace with Jennifer\'s soothing and masterful guidance. I love this CD (Guided Relaxation: Yoga Nidra) and use it often.\" -- Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga For Depression and new DVD Life Force Yoga to Beat the Blues.
Jennifer Reis, senior Kripalu Yoga instructor and Integrative Yoga Therapist, has been teaching for more than 11 years and teaches internationally. Her first CD Guided Relaxation: Yoga Nidra is a best-seller at Kripalu Center where she is on faculty. She has studied with master teachers from North America and India. Jennifer’s practice and teaching integrate Yoga and Buddhism. Her teaching and gentle guidance is an invitation to deepen connection with our hearts and still the mind, while developing greater inner strength. Her Yoga Nidra program is included in conferences at Kripalu such as Focusing Yoga for Therapeutic Results: A Yoga Symposuim (with Joseph LePage), and A Celebration for Women, Strength, and Film: An Experiential Journey (with Ellen Burstyn, Karen Allen, Katja Esson, Devyani Saltzman and others).
YOGA NIDRA HAS WELL DOCUMENTED HEALTH BENEFITS
Yoga Nidra, by inducing the relaxation response, offers a swift entry into deep layers of being (koshas), where healing and regeneration occur. Your body knows exactly what to do to attain and maintain perfect health and equilibrium, but it needs the necessary conditions for that to happen. Yoga Nidra creates the very conditions needed for your body to create perfect health. Most illnesses today are stress related. This healing practice relieves stress patterns by retraining the nervous system to relax. Research conducted in the last thirty years at well recognized universities and medical centers including Stanford, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Ohio State University, Medical College of Ohio, Banaras University and others, shows that regular Yoga Nidra practice offers a viable means of prevention and reversal of numerous ailments and diseases, including cardiovascular, stress, heart, pain, and psychosomatic conditions.
Yoga Nidra has been proven to:
-strengthen immune system
-lower blood pressure
-lower cholesterol levels
-reduce or eliminate pain medication
-reduce anxiety, depression, and addiction
-balance the nervous system
-strengthen endocrine system
-recharge vital energy
-calm and stabilize mind and emotions
-lead one towards positive changes of habits
Yoga Nidra is most beneficial as a regular practice done every day or second day. It can be done at any hour, and 12 to 45 minutes is all that is required. Yoga Nidra can be done lying down or seated. Practice at home, on the train or plane, or at break time at work. When lying down, practice on the floor on a mat or blanket, rather than on your bed or couch, where the state of sleeping lingers. Make sure your body feels supported, comfortable and warm. Place a cushion under your knees, and a folded towel (1” or 2” thick) under your head, rather than a pillow, for proper alignment of the spine. Use an eye pillow if you like and cover up with a blanket. Practice in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. “Sweet Dreams” track three is the exception: it is intended to put you to sleep. Use it in bed. My favorite way is to listen through a “pillow speaker”.
YOGA NIDRA IS FOOL-PROOF! YOU CANNOT DO IT WRONG. Do not worry or become agitated if you do not hear everything. It is natural to flow in and out of conscious hearing. Whatever your experience, the practice of Yoga Nidra will still work, even if you feel like you fell asleep, felt fidgety, or your mind wandered. Deep layers of your being are always awake, always listening, and open to transform from this practice. Simply listen, without trying too hard, trusting that you are doing enough to receive the benefits of Yoga Nidra.
The gifts of Yoga Nidra carry on far beyond the practice itself. I invite you to be aware of these gifts in increased vitality and health, calmness, a more restful sleep at night, and other positive changes.