Yoga Nidra* is a sleep-based, guided meditation practiced lying down in total relaxation.
"If you can lie down comfortably and follow the sound of my voice, you can achieve all the benefits of Yoga Nidra."
- Dr. Bando
Yoga Nidra is practiced lying on your back in total comfort. Guided breath, body and awareness techniques intentionally drop you into slower brainwave states that you typically only experience during sleep. In fact, a 30-minute Yoga Nidra practice equals 2 hours of biological sleep in terms of brain and body restoration. The benefits of Yoga Nidra surpass that of other types of meditation and all that is required is to lie down, get comfortable, listen and follow along. Yoga Nidra sessions may last anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful way to shift how you think, act and feel. Through Yoga Nidra unhelpful beliefs, traumas, and old, unhelpful patterns are healed and changed at the cellular level. This manifests in being able to much more easily let go of ingrained habits and attitudes that no longer serve you.
In addition to Yoga Nidra being an ancient practice known for its almost unbelievable, astonishing results, modern-day research supports Yoga Nidra’s robust benefits.
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“Studies show that 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra resets the dopamine in an area of the brain called the basal ganglia, which prepares the brain and body for action…allow the nervous system to reset so that it can get back into action. For the go-getters, if you want to have a long career, you want to high-perform your whole career…everyone should have some deep relaxation process that’s deliberate, that doesn’t involve ingesting anything.”
– Neuroscientist, Andrew Huberman, Stanford University
One of the most powerful components of Yoga Nidra is Intention. I use my expertise to design a unique Intention that encapsulates the changes you want to make in your life. When this personalized Intention is implanted at the deepest level of Yoga Nidra, we are working with the most relaxed and receptive brain wave states at the core root patterns where all of your past experiences and beliefs are held, and making changes there. This practice allows you to more easily apply the change strategies you will learn in therapy to make the healing shifts in life you desire.
*Dr. Bando is trained and certified in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra (I AM Yoga Nidra).
I choose techniques that directly address your situation and personality so that your Yoga Nidra session and recording is tailor-made for you. For example, there are specific Yoga Nidra modalities that address ADHD, anxiety, trauma, headache relief, dyslexia, physical healing, brain injury, cold and flu prevention, chronic pain, depression and many more, in addition to the general benefits that are listed above. Once we’ve collaboratively developed an Intention to guide you toward your Treatment Goals, I design a personalized Yoga Nidra. This practice is recorded and you are able to listen repeatedly to reinforce your progress. Many of my patients prefer to have several personalized recordings in their library that they can rotate.
The feedback I repeatedly receive is that “Yoga Nidra seems too good to be true.” Changes people have been struggling to make for years come about much more easily and effortlessly.
- Dr. Bando
Yoga Nidra sessions and recordings are incorporated into my clients’ treatment. A standalone personalized Yoga Nidra including questionnaire, intake and personalized recording sent to you for life-time use is $450.
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In addition to integrating the power of Yoga Nidra into my individual sessions, I offer group classes on-line or on-site. Any group wanting an accessible and practical approach to meditation can benefit. If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a Yoga Nidra class for your group or organization, send me a message.
This is not an exhaustive list, but rather highlights current research results.