|Bandhana showing off her 3 legged dog (http://www.innercalmyoga.com/)|
This week, after our usual yoga routine, we got to try out yoga nidra or ‘yogi sleep’ – a sleep-like state yogis can enter during their meditation and one of the deepest states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
You know when you’re tired on a bus or train or car, and you feel your head slowly dropping to one side, nodding almost and you start drifting into a light sleep, and then suddenly you wake with a jerk and don’t remember if you had been sleeping for a second or an hour? This happened a few times during my practice. I’ve never experienced that in another yoga class, even if we have been lying down in savasana at the end of an intensive session of vinyasa flow. I could just feel myself drifting off and as soon as I did I would re-focus, roll my head back to centre and concentrate on my breath and Bandhana’s words. After 45 minutes we were ‘awoken’ gently and rather than feeling sleepy, as I expected, I felt refreshed and more awake.
I can’t wait to try out yoga nidra again soon, it’s definitely an indulgent form of relaxation and I think, like any type of yoga, the more you practice the better you will become and the more you can take away from it. Namaste!
*Photos c/o InnercalmYoga, please take a look at the beautiful Bandhana’s website for lots of yoga inspiration!