Lately I have been having a hard time falling asleep. I have already figured out the root cause: a combination of restless mind and late night strolling on Instagram.
Last week I tried online Yoga Nidra for the first time. Yoga Nidra, also means yogic sleep, prompts the body to relax deeply while the mind remains inwardly alert.
I began by lying on the floor and set my intention for the practice. Then, based upon the guided meditation I was following, I was prompted to begin sensing the body and breathing in specific ways. The only thing that I was not allow to do was to move. Throughout the session, I needed to stay still as much as I could.
In the first 15 minutes of the process, I was going mad. I just couldn’t relax as the instructor guided us to scan our body and notice sensations. When she told us to breathe in and out slowly, somehow I was feeling very angry. “Hello, don’t tell me how to breathe, I breathe whichever way I like!”.
After that, she instructed us to return to our regular breathing. She then asked us to imagine a beautiful place where we could lay down right now. At this point, I stopped resisting. I felt my mind grow quiet and the anger thoughts became infrequent.
I didn’t know what happened afterward as I completely blacked out. My computer was still on but the session has ended for quite sometimes. I was asleep for 4 hours and it was one of the best sleeps that I’ve had this year.
P.S: I took the online Yoga Nidra class here. It is a pay-as-you-can-afford Yoga studio in Berlin and they are donating 5% of their profit to a plantation project in the south of India.