What if I told you there was a type of yoga you could do in your bed, without moving, that has the potential to help with pain, sleep, fatigue, stress, PMS, brain fog and more??
And I've been doing it for years.
Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep. A guided meditation that is said one hour of practice is equivalent of 4 hours 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.
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 six 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 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
Melissa Reynolds is a busy, health-focused, yogi, blogging, mama of four young boys. For the past several years she has shared her journey to better wellness despite chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia on the blog www.melissavsfibromyalgia.com. In addition to over 200 blog posts and 100 YouTube videos, she has written two books, a workbook and several courses.
It is her mission to share the tools yoga offers in the most accessible manner possible. For those who are busy, overwhelmed, living with chronic pain and fatigue and more.
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