Yoga Nidra for the Chronic Life

Profound Rest for You

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You need more rest.

That is life with chronic illness.

For YEARS I struggled with the awful paradox of chronic fatigue and chronic insomnia.

And then I found Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation.

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 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.

"I can do that [Yoga Nidra] no matter where my pain levels are and it almost always eases symptoms to some degree."

-Latoya Clark

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.

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 six years I have meditated daily, researched, trained 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

“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

“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

Your Instructor

Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds

Melissa Reynolds is a busy, health-focused, yogi, blogging, mama of four young boys. For nearly a decade she has shared her journey to better wellness despite chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia on the blog In addition to over 300 blog posts and 100 YouTube videos, she has written two books, a workbook and several courses.

It is her mission to share yoga, pain and fatigue management tools for those who are busy, overwhelmed, living with chronic pain and fatigue and more.

Course Curriculum

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  First things first, get breathing
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  Grab some rest, 12 minute practice
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  Relaxing visualisation 15 minutes
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  Bringing the big guns to our sleep
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  Visualise rest, 28 minutes
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  Your quick sleep practice
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  Grab a quickie
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You may also like to ask me about how to use this course in your own individual program, to request your complimentary chat.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, and have genuinely given it a go, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How can I chat to Melissa?
Email me! [email protected] - I'd be delighted to hear from you.
Does Melissa use the "c" word?
No. I never use the word cure. There is no current replicable cure for fibromyalgia. I offer a way to help you take control and improve your quality of life despite your symptoms. They may improve, as mine have, but I still live with chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia every single day, but the level I experience them has decreased. I genuinely utilise mindfulness and meditation every day to help me cope and find joy despite difficult symptoms.
Do I need any special resources?
Nope! Just you, your phone/tablet/computer and maybe a heat pack for the meditations! It is designed especially for chronic pain and fatigue fighters, where, when and how you need.

Join us now for this special set of tools to help us manage chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, overwhelm and just plain live well.

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