Yoga Nidra with Susan Buckland
Yoga Nidra is essentially one long Savasana from start to finish.
Nidra is Sanskrit for “yogic sleep” and is also called “psychic sleep.” It takes you to a deeper brain-wave state, a limbo between sleeping and waking, to bring you peace, clarity, and better sleep. Doing 45 minutes of the practice, is said to equal 3 hours of sleep.
The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and balances the left and right brain. In the process, your brain shifts from beta, an awakened state with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. From alpha, you go into a deep alpha and high theta brain-wave state, the dream state, REM sleep. In theta, your thoughts slow down to 4 to 8 thoughts per second. Emotional integration and release also happen here, and structures in the brain change. It’s where you being to enter the gap of nothingness.
After theta, you are guided to delta, where your thoughts are only 1 to 3.9 thoughts per second. This is the most restorative state, in which your organs regenerate and the stress hormone cortisol is removed from your system.