You need more rest.
That is life with chronic illness. And as a mama.
For YEARS I have struggled with the awful paradox of chronic fatigue and chronic insomnia.
It is the worst. Feeling the profound fatigue but knowing that sleep won't help.
And then I found Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation.
It hasn't fixed everything but it has given me a tool to get some rest when I need it the most. The emotional benefit of KNOWING I can get some rest when needed is such a relief.
Then there are the physical benefits too. Continued practice of meditation (especially Yoga Nidra) are reduced pain and fatigue, reduced stress response, increased concentration and much more.
Yoga Nidra is my secret sauce.
The tool I use every day to help me manage chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, and more. By super charging my rest with Yoga Nidra, I have dramatically changed my quality of life.
Yoga Nidra is known as yogic sleep. A guided meditation that is said one hour of practice is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.
It mimics the sleep cycle, bringing profound rest.
Basically fibromyalgia represents an inability to attain sufficient deep sleep, Yoga Nidra helps to drop into the deep sleep state.
In this practical course, we learn about how to really use these techniques in our daily life.
What do we do in Yoga Nidra?
You lie there and relax. You try to keep your mind alert and awake, while letting your body relax profoundly. When we are using nidra as a tool for sleep, we let go of trying to keep the mind alert and awake. We breathe, do body scans, take visualisations and more.
Yoga Nidra has so many benefits for us including strengthening neural pathways (where attention goes, energy flows) this is a fun journal article if you want to see a little more.
So we can choose to set our intention and theme our Nidra according to our purpose (sleep, gratitude, or any intention we choose).
Basically this is your mindfulness, meditation, rest, intention, reconnection to your body and relaxation (and more). Boom! In one easy, relaxing package.
When do we do Yoga Nidra?
It depends what you want from your practice. When we are using it as a tool for our symptoms, we use it when those symptoms require it. For insomnia, we do it at bedtime or in the middle of the night (doing it in the day can also help with insomnia). For pain and fatigue, we do it as needed.
Personally, nidra has helped me the most in replacing what would have been a fruitless attempt to nap when I was too tired to be awake. The paradox of insomnia and fatigue is not a kind one. Nidra gives me the opportunity for deep rest where I cannot achieve it in another way. I used it as a quick pick me up between work and picking up the kids when I was working.
I also use it when we are traveling. Usually, on the way home, my body crashes. So I slip into a state of nidra and stay there, avoiding severe symptoms until I can get into bed.
You may like to do it when you first wake, before getting out of bed, as a supplement to your night rest. It is great for during a flare, especially when we are too tired and sore to sleep but really wish we could be sleeping through it.
When to do Yoga Nidra
- First thing in the morning if you don't feel you've slept well (most of the time with fibromyalgia?)
- During a flare
- In place of a rest/nap (especially useful if you cannot nap but really wish you could)
- After work
- Before bed
- During the night (it is great for those painsomnia nights)
- Basically whenever suits you
In seven years of practice, I have experienced a calmer central nervous system, reduced my overactive stress response, gotten rest when I needed it and more...
For me the value of yoga nidra is incalculable.
I started meditating purely because I was miserable, exhausted and desperately needed some rest. My chronic pain and fatigue was flared up from pregnancy and delivery and having a tiny baby and said tiny baby didn't sleep much.
I began with a 20 minute yoga nidra guided meditation and experienced rest for my body and mind in a way I couldn't remember ever achieving (I have had chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia since I was a teenager). I was hooked!
For the past seven years I have meditated daily, researched, trained (200 hour meditation teacher training and TWO Yoga Nidra trainings) and basically become very passionate about using mindfulness and meditation for the chronics. As a side-benefit I found my anxiety levels have plummeted. I didn't even realise anxiety was a problem for me until the volume turned right down.
Without weighing you down in research, here are the benefits of meditation:
- Helps with chronic insomnia
- Calms the central nervous system
- Can improve the immune system
- May help with depression and anxiety
- Reduces pain and fatigue
- Relieves stress
So if you would like to try this practce, join us today.
“I think it was exceptional. I am dealing with the idea that this will never go away. I think that is my biggest struggle. Other ailments or conditions I have had in the past there has been an operation or cure. It's a bit overwhelming on my flare days.” - Fibro Fighter
"You have made it possible for people with multiple issues to be able to get benefits of yoga without the stress and pain." - Mimi Diz
"I love yoga with Melissa Reynolds it has helped me feel more relaxed, less cramping, less pain." - Danny from Health-Hats.com
“I like being able to go at my own pace. Each video is very well explained so I am able to follow easily. I especially like that you included bedtime yoga.” – Shelly
What do I Get and What is My Investment?
SEVEN specific practices for:
- Super-charging your after work time
- Quick rest
That you can download, keep and practice anywhere, anytime you need.
With an introduction on how to practice and set your intentions.
PLUS TWO special bonus Nidras for gratitude and headaches.
You would expect to pay around $20 per class in a studio. And you wouldn't be able to keep those! So for seven classes (plus two) would be around $180. That is NOT counting the benefit if we could experience some rest, some relief (even for a time) from this tool.
For you, it's just $49!
I want you to take these tools, use them and feel the benefit.
So join us today!!
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Melissa Reynolds is a mama of four beautiful boys. She is also a blogging, YouTubing, accessible yoga creating, chronic illness thriver.
For nearly a decade she has shared her journey to better wellness despite chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia on the blog www.melissavsfibromyalgia.com. In addition to over 300 blog posts and 200 YouTube videos, she has written two books, a workbook and several courses.
It is her mission to share yoga, pain and fatigue management tools with those who need it, so they don't have to spend as long as she did alone with no help.
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