Reaping the benefits of "Yoga Nidra"

"Yoga Nidra" is a concept that goes back to ancient Indian traditions, and even though it's been around for ages, Yoga Nidra only began to grow in popularity recently, in the Valley.

The benefits of Yoga Nidra are said to be many by those who teach and practice it. What's more, it appears science seems to agree.

Karin Fellman with Hot Yoga University says the ancient method allows one to reach the deepest part of the subconscious.

"In Yoga Nidra, we drop below the thinking mind and we get into the feeling body," said Fellman.

Fellman teaches a form of the yoga that is called "Amrit Version", which takes practitioners into a state where the body is completely relaxed, but with the mind becomes increasingly aware of what it wants. The guided meditation helps a person focus on what they want, which can bring it into reality.

"I have lost weight from my intentions," said Carol Regan, who practices this form of Yoga. She said she has lost 15 lbs when she started her practice.

"All of the sudden, I found myself coming here more often, and it was easier to come here it was effortless. So it was kind of an effortless weight loss, which was amazing," said Regan. 

Psychiatrist Dr. Anna Shier described a study conducted, in which a practitioner appeared to be asleep, but after his practice, was able to recall all the questions the examiner asked. Dr. Shier said manifesting while in the deep state of Yoga Nidra prevents any fears from entering the mind. So, the mind is more accepting of the intention.

Dr. Shier also said studies have shown that Yoga Nidra may help the physical body. It can help boost serotonin levels, enhance the immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels, and help with stress, anxiety, and even PTSD.

A 45 to 60-minute session includes stretches, a series of breathing and awareness techniques, crystal singing bowls, and really no physical activity. Fellman suggests making the intention about you, and keeping it in the present moment.

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