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Yoga Nidra: More than Just a Power Nap

Church Health

Mindfulness is a term we hear a lot these days, but what exactly is it? Simply put, it’s the practice of noticing without judgment or expectation.

There are many mindfulness practices, and one of my favorite is Yoga Nidra. I discovered it after the birth of my second child. I was so exhausted from trying to balance work, my household and children, but when I discovered Yoga Nidra it was like someone gave me permission to take off my “super mom” cape.

So, how do you do it? Set the timer on your phone for 15 or so minutes, and then lie down in a comfortable position. Set an intention for yourself – something like I am at peace or I am relaxed - and state it in the present tense as if it is already happening. In the South, we call that name and claim it!

After that, just focus on your breathing. If you want, you can focus on different parts of your body. When your timer goes off, revisit your intention and gently roll to your left side. Start to wiggle your fingers and toes, and then slowly bring yourself to a seated position.

I like to think of Yoga Nidra as a reset button that allows you to recharge your battery while you’re taking an intentional power nap, and I hope it brings you as much joy and calm as it has brought me. Check out church health DOT org to learn more about our menu of free mindfulness activities.

This is Kimberly Baker for Church Health.