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CLASS SPOTLIGHT- Deep Rest: Yogic Sleep

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

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Sleeping puppy

If this puppy can do Yoga Nidra, so can you.

Performed laying down on one’s back, Yoga Nidra (or Yogic Sleep) is one of the most accessible and deeply relaxing forms of meditation that CULTIVATE offers. Many who have never experienced its wonderful benefits are often intimidated or confused by its name, assuming it involves complex stretches or positions. To the contrary, Yoga Nidra is an easy, motionless practice that is perfect for those new to meditation. In fact, that’s exactly how our own gifted facilitator Sydney Cutler-Abich found it. “I discovered Yoga Nidra at a time in my life when I felt completely overwhelmed by my career, new parenthood, and a good old fashioned midlife crisis,” she says. “I definitely didn’t think I was capable of meditation! Over time I learned to deeply rest again, which enabled me to tap into the natural states of wholeness, balance, and joy I thought were lost.”

Yoga Nidra teacher Sydney-Cutler Abich
Sydney-Cutler Abich

Yoga Nidra guides the body towards a state of deep rest, where it can revitalize itself. After a class, practitioners will often feel rested, with renewed focus, and closer to their fullest potential. For those that struggle with insomnia, studies show that only 30 minutes of the practice are equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep. It can also greatly reduce stress, and early studies show diminished symptoms in those with PTSD. There are so many incredible benefits to this meaningful practice. That’s exactly why Sydney adds, “It’s my pleasure and privilege to share it with our community.”

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