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Yoga and meditation may promote many health benefits, such as reducing fatigue and stress for patients and caregivers. Meditating on the breath is a time-honored way to calm the body and quiet the mind. During this guided meditation, we find ourselves relaxing into the present moment and letting go of concerns with the past or future.
Yoga Nidra (or “yoga sleep”) is a guided meditation to induce full-body relaxation and deep rest. It helps quiet the overactive mind, guiding it into a state between wakefulness and sleep.
Yoga Nidra may provide many health benefits for caregivers and patients actively in treatment or receiving palliative care for cancer. It has been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and insomnia.
With roots in ancient scripture, the modern system of yoga nidra was developed in the mid-20th century by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
Learn more about yoga nidra: Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga Nidra (Bihar School of Yoga, 1998)
Learn more about cancer survivorship: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/centers/cancer_survivorship/.
Yoga and meditation may promote many health benefits, such as reducing fatigue and stress for patients and caregivers. This guided meditation leads us from the externally focused activity of the everyday world to a state of internally centered awareness, where we relate to our self with compassion and care.