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What is Yoga Nidra? Life Changing Benefits I Tried & What You Need to Know

What is Yoga Nidra? Life Changing Benefits I Tried & What You Need to Know

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Yoga Nidra Stress Reducing Meditation & A Better Nights Sleep Starts Here

Yoga Nidra is new to me. I’ve done lots of other various types of yoga for flexibility, strength and stress management but hadn’t come across Yoga Nidra before. We’re answering all of your questions about Yoga Nidra meditation, Yoga Nidra for sleep and giving you a free Yoga Nidra script you can try today.

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Why do Yoga Nidra Meditation?

More people than ever are suffering from insomnia and stress which is a part of life. Unfortunately, there’s no avoiding stress, only managing it! It’s how we deal with it that makes or breaks us, that makes us run or work through it, that’s most important. It’s about trying to feel blessed not stressed and finding ways to deal with stress not run away from or ignore it.

This year has been full of uncertainty, stress and emotions for most of us and finding new stress busters, coping strategies, and ways to get a good nights sleep have become even more important.

Dealing with stress

I’m not talking about lighting candles and breathing but on a more action-based level to create positivity and progress, not shrink away from overwhelming tasks.

People are having more trouble sleeping now than ever and looking to find ways to relieve stress. I know I for one really struggle, so I wanted to find and share more ways to destress and get a better nights sleep.

27 percent of people in a new Consumer Reports survey of 4,023 U.S. adults said they had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, and 68 percent—or an estimated 164 million Americans—struggled with sleep at least once a week. Consumerreports.com Why Americans Can’t Sleep

I started meditating about 18 months ago and was connected with today’s guest Catherine via Julie (the founder of the English organic skincare company Juno ). I thought she’d be perfect to talk to us about Yoga Nidra which isn’t yoga as we think of yoga on a mat, but is known as yoga sleep which is essentially a meditation and conscious relaxation practice.

Catherine Gallagher has a global brand “Yoga With Catherine” and runs her own international yoga retreats business. As well as empowering Yoga teachers by mentoring them in the business of Yoga to live an authentic, fulfilled, and abundant life

What is Yoga Nidra?

I wanted to learn more about this form of yoga as I wasn’t familiar with it. Catherine answers what Yoga Nidra is, why to do it and how to do it.

Listen to the Yoga Nidra podcast with Yoga Expert Catherine Gallagher to learn more about Yoga Nidra for sleep, the benefits of Yoga Nidra meditation, and a Yoga Nidra script.

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Get ready to chill and press play

Catherine answers all of your Yoga Nidra questions in the podcast including:

  • How did you get into Yoga? I love her story which is quite unexpected.

  • What is Yoga Nidra?

  • How does meditation help you heal and destress?

  • Can I use Yoga Nidra for sleep?
  • How long are Yoga Nidra meditations?

  • What’s a Yoga Nidra script and where can I get one?
  • When is it best to do it?…and it’s not just before bed time.

  • How long does it take before we can start to see the benefits?

  • How to set up for Yoga Nidra? Loving that we don’t need any equipment and can do this anywhere.


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More Stress Coping Solutions

Blessed not stressed

I had to remind myself with the recent changes to my business that I’m blessed not stressed. Which reminded me of the blessed not stressed podcast episode I did a year ago, around a similar time when I was working through being overloaded. It’s under 15 minutes long and full of tips you can start doing today, so have a quick listen the next time you’re in the car or have a few minutes.

A year’s gone by and I’m blessed to have so much to do but sometimes that festers into stress trying to accomplish everything and pivot into uncertainty. I have to constantly remind myself to flip my mindset back to a positive and productive one and deal with each task one by one, methodically and systematically.

In the blessed not stressed podcast, I’ve also updated it with some new ways I have of managing overwhelming projects and life that I’ve picked up since last year! Along with a glass of wine or 2! Shhh!

I’d love to hear your coping strategies too, so please share them in the comments below.

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Where to find Catherine

Instagram @yoga.with.catherine

Facebook YogaWithCatherine

Discover – YOGA WITH CATHERINE – all of Catherine’s offerings including international yoga retreats, her signature mentorship programme EMPOWER (a three month online yoga mentorship course, oracle cards + crystals readings) and online yoga classes.

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Disclaimer: I’m not a counsellor and this doesn’t replace the advice of doctors or mental health professionals.

View Comments (4)
  • I found the above post to be useful. I am struggling with sleep problem for many years. I must listen to your podcast on yogas. I haven’t heard about Yoga Nidra ever before. Hope it helps to get rid of the sleep disorders. Visit the site to http://www.drgbalamurali.com for some medical help for sleep disorders.

    • I’m always looking for new, natural ways to help fall asleep. I use different kinds of meditations. Yoga Nidra isn’t my personal favorite but I know others who love it. It’s all about finding what works best for you and helps you switch off and relax the most.

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