Before I delve into this post, allow me to first start off by saying thank you to all of you out there who take the time to read and even create whenever I post a new food recipe, idea, image, etc on Satya Health. It's always so refreshing hearing you guys try my recipes or listening to your success stories for those who are working with me privately. I can't explain the sense of gratitude I feel when you send me a big thumbs up via text, email, or comment in person as you discover how delicious and exciting plant-based eating can be!
I have many aspirations for this website and Satya as a whole, and with moving into a new home with a very good friend this past weekend, it's caused me to take a step back. With us constantly dreaming up ideas for us collaborating together in the future, it's also sparked me to really sit down and map my goals and intentions for what I want to create here.
With the fervor for my personal yoga practice and teaching continuing to deepen each and every day, I hope to deliver a steady influx of yoga, meditation/mindfulness, and wellness tips on the blog alongside my recipe posts. Mindfulness and nutrition go hand and hand, which is perhaps why I've developed such a love for the practice of yoga. I hope that by discussing these topics on here with you, it will invite in a deeper understanding for food and how it's processed in your body, along with your yoga practice if you are already a practitioner. And for those who haven't stepped on the mat or meditation cushion just yet, perhaps this focus may ignite a desire within you to try something new!
With that being said, I wanted to introduce something I've been teaching for a little over a month now. It's called Yoga Nidra, better known as Yogic Sleep. An ancient practice that's now more frequently used for both meditation and therapy techniques, it is a transformational practice that helps restore and reset both mind and body. The goal of Yoga Nidra is to find this deep relaxation throughout; aiming not to sleep, but rather find this sense of lucid dreaming. We remain consciously alert, but allow our bodies to succumb to the earth beneath us. By doing so, we allow this incredible practice to take effect in our bodies and heal; physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The practice has been studied more-so over the recent years and has been clinically proven to help those who suffer with anxiety, depression, insomnia, cancer, and even soldiers with PTSD. With an increasing number of studies signifying the immense benefits the practice has on our mental health, it's becoming increasingly popular in the wellness industry. It's no surprise either! In today's world, we spend the all too much time in our sympathetic or 'flight or fight' mode, leading to the host of chronic diseases we've acquired such as obesity, anxiety and sleep disorders, along with digestive issues to name a few. The practice of Yoga Nidra is one simple and effective way of getting back to our parasympathetic mode (rest & relaxation) to rid the body of these ailments.
What to expect in a class?
Prepare to be lying in savasana (corpse pose), often with bolsters, blankets, and other props to help you exhibit comfort as you lie flat. Classes are usually 30-45 minutes long with the teacher offering a guided meditation. Meditations can consist of intention setting, body scanning, imagery, and sometimes even stories to help draw in awareness.
Want to learn more or give it a try? Search for a class in your local area. Not near one? Many online yoga subscriptions offer guided meditations, and even YouTube has some substantial videos. You can give Yogajournal.com a whirl too, as they have a few great articles that delve a bit deeper.
Best of all? If you're in Washington, D.C., come take my class! I offer Nidra on Monday nights from 7:45-8:30 PM at 405 Yoga!
Cheers & Namaste