Introduction to Yoga Nidra – Philosophy & Theory

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce yoga nidra.


Become knowledgeable about the theory, intent, research, and overall approach of yoga nidra.


Describe yoga nidra. Explain, in a technical sense, how yoga nidra is different from more common states of relaxation. Describe two different perspectives of yoga nidra and list 12 stages in the full process. Explain what iRest is and why it was developed. Describe research studies documenting the effects of yoga nidra and list reported benefits of the practice. Note how yoga nidra and nyasa might be related and how yoga nidra is associated with Patanjali Yoga. Describe how the technique differs from persuasion, and its purpose and effect. Provide the theory or intent behind these elements of the technique: rotating consciousness throughout the body, opposite sensations and guided imagery.

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