Healthy Beginnings

What is Yoga Nidra?


In a nutshell, Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing, healing and empowering form of guided meditation, done lying down. No yoga experience is needed for this deeply enriching practice. The word “Nidra” means sleep, however it is far from the unconscious, “checked out” version of sleep you might think of normally. On the contrary, Yoga Nidra is actually a state of consciousness in which the practitioner is deeply relaxed, nearing sleep, yet remains awake and aware.

In this state, our brains go into Theta brain wave patterns, which define a deep meditation, dreaming and the access point to the subconscious. The subconscious governs nearly 95 percent of our habits, patterns, behavior, etc. However, in Yoga Nidra we also maintain some Alpha brainwaves, which define light meditation or consciousness. By bringing these two states together, we can begin to tap into our subconscious patterning that may serve us poorly, bring it into consciousness and unwind it. These are powerful tools for changing and recognizing subconscious patterning, and to continue our mental growth.

Secondly, in Yoga Nidra we tap into the parasympathetic response, or the rest/digest/heal part of our nervous system. This is opposed to the more common fight/ flight/freeze response, where we spend the majority of our lives. This state allows us to maximize our ability to process, heal and rejuvenate so that we can live a more joyful and vibrant life.

Lauri Glenn is a yoga instructor and massage therapist as well as an avid outdoor enthusiast in the Tahoe region. She will be one of our workshop leaders at the upcoming Wellness Weekend this November. Learn more about Lauri and her practice at

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