The barrage of information and stimulus we’re subjected to in modern life can take their toll on our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
What role can Yoga Nidra play?
Yoga Nidra offers an effective and sweet way to bring more kindness to our nervous systems while tapping into our bodies innate, but often underutilized, capacity to self-heal and restore.
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness involving deep relaxation with a trace of awareness. Our brain waves enter restorative theta and alpha frequencies, and three important things happen:
- We disengage our sympathetic nervous system (associated with fight, flight, freeze states). This halts the production of stress hormones and improves blood flow circulation.
- We activate our parasympathetic nervous system (natural caregiving capacity). Feel-good and healing hormones are released, energy reserves are replenished.
- We gain direct access to the innate wisdom, compassion and creativity that resides in our subconsciousness. We can then align these faculties with our conscious aspirations for well-being, purpose and resilience.
“While practicing several healing modalities for a recent trauma, I decided to give Yoga Nidra a try. As a Nurse, I truly appreciate Ashley’s knowledge about the body’s healing abilities and her expertise from an emotional perspective. Ashley is caring and consistent. I attended many classes as I continued to feel my body release while simultaneously feeling my strength and heart heal. I recommend her class to anyone who wants to experience deep healing.”
– Judy, RN HWNC-BC, Integrative Health Nurse
Many people come to Yoga Nidra simply to feel calmer and more refreshed. Advances in research though have led to a growing body of evidence demonstrating the profound healing Yoga Nidra can offer:
- Reduced stress, balancing of autonomic nervous system
- Diminished anxiety & depression
- Decreased inflammation in body & symptoms associated with many autoimmune/inflammation-based diseases
- Effective support of cancer & heart/hypertension treatments
- Decreased PMS symptoms
- Lower levels of insomnia, higher quality of sleep
- Greater capacity to manage pain
- Improved well-being & resiliency, greater happiness
How is Yoga Nidra Practiced?
Yoga Nidra is practiced through systematic and guided relaxation using supportive props, making it a highly accessible form of meditation. Elements of mindfulness and trauma-informed care are also weaved into sessions to further support each practitioner’s capacity to relax and self-restore.
- Drop-In Classes & Privates
- Series (weekly or monthly)
- Relax & Restore: An Introduction (Wellness Talk + Yoga Nidra Practice)
- Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW
A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life and relationships. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and science with modern culture. Ashley earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She’s been certified to teach Yoga Nidra through the California College of Ayurveda. Ashley has also been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 15 years and is accredited through the Mindfulness Training Institute.