Yoga Nidra, a sleep snack for new mamas?

Yoga Nidra is an accessible form of meditation, with a gentle systematic approach to deep surrender and restoration, something every new mama can get behind.
With just a 30-minute practice being the equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep, it’s for this reason alone, Nidra (aka sleep snack) has become a reliable antidote for those suffering from sleep deprivation, trauma and anxiety particularly surrounding pregnancy and the post-natal period.

 It’s practiced lying down, with a teacher guiding your attention inward. Thinking will be swapped for feeling as your awareness is rotated through your body until you’ve reached the border between waking and sleeping states. Here the mind is aware, but moving in very slow, steady waves. This enlightened sleep is where nourishment settles physically, psychologically, emotionally, and mentally.

Not to mention it’s deceptively easy. In fact, the less you try to do anything, the better! With each practice, you’ll move a little deeper into embodied peace and rejuvenation.
Just take the moments you’ve got. Even if that looks like playing a 4-minute Nidra Video while lying on the kitchen floor at dinner time while your toddler is hungriest and actually eating.
Now, this will never replace the benefits of a full night of uninterrupted sleep, but it’s an easy way to breathe fresh life and energy into the rest of your day.

To help you take that first bite out of your sleep snack journey, we recommend the
guided resources and tools from The iRest Institute.

Get comfortable, give it a listen, and feel the difference.
Namaste, mamas!

Author: Tyler Underwood
Birth Coach
350+ HR Yoga Teacher
Pre/postnatal Yoga Certified