The Benefits of Yoga Nidra

An extensive look into Yoga Nidra and the benefits of deep relaxation.

In the video, we discuss Yoga Nidra, a 45-minute guided meditation practice that many refer to as “yogic sleep.” The session is designed to shift you from a waking state to a slower brain wave state, allowing for a deep, restorative rest. You begin by lying on the floor, supported by props like pillows and blankets, as we guide you through a series of mind-body techniques and awareness exercises.

What makes Yoga Nidra unique is that while your body enters a sleep-like state, your mind remains fully alert and attentive. It’s like exercise without the physical movement. The practice is particularly effective for stress relief, and an hour of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as three hours of regular sleep.

The ultimate goal of this practice is long-term: to reshape the structure of your brain. This leads to a more focused, relaxed state of mind that helps you navigate day-to-day life with less distress and more ease.

Yoga Nidra

  • A 45-minute guided practice is often termed as “yogic sleep.”
  • Transitions the brain from a waking beta state to slower brainwave states.
  • Promotes deep, restorative rest.
  • It helps regulate stress levels.
  • It is unique because the mind remains alert even though the body is restful.
  • Equivalent to three hours of sleep in terms of restfulness.
  • Goal: To help manage day-to-day stress and challenges effectively.


  • More than a physical exercise, it involves training the mind and spirit.
  • It aims to achieve union or harmony between mind, body, and spirit.

These therapeutic practices are particularly beneficial for residents dealing with addiction and recovery. The aim is to bring a holistic sense of well-being and help them manage stress and life challenges more effectively.

The practices mentioned not only offer different pathways to healing but also offer scientific benefits such as brainwave alteration, especially in the case of Yoga Nidra. Julia says that after eleven sessions of Yoga Nidra, it’s scientifically proven that one’s brain structure starts to change, potentially aiding in better stress management and more focused, clear thinking.

In summary, the video provides an extensive look into Yoga Nidra and the benefits of deep relaxation.