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)
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