Yoga Nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that is a form of guided relaxation combined with alert awareness. The literal translation of Nidra is sleep, however Yoga Nidra is a dynamic state, not like the unconscious sleep of night time. In this meditative practice we practice letting go, surrendering and simply being here – now – in our own skin.
On a basic level Yoga Nidra relaxes, rejuvenates and renews the physical body by cultivating awareness and immersing our brain in the healing rhythms of the alpha state. This allows us to simultaneously access the power of the logical left brain as well as the intuitive, insightful right brain, which in turn helps to align our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems to restore the body and mind to homeostasis.
Yoga Nidra for children can be a beautiful yet effective way to help them calm down after a particularly long day, encourage better sleep and even provide a respite from studying if they’re having difficulty concentrating. It is also believed that children with disabilities and behaviour disorders benefit greatly from a Yoga Nidra practice.
Through meditative experiences children learn how to stay calm, focused and grounded, increasing their connection between their mind and body. Regular practice helps them control their butterfly mind and give them tools to empower them in times of stress.
I find in my classes that children seem to access this space much easier than adults and as imitation is a key part of early interactions this is a wonderful way for them to learn positive habits from you, particularly whilst their brains are so malleable.
The Supercala Yoga Nidra recorded below is designed for ages 2 and 8 (if they still have magical imaginations at 8!) and is a beautiful way to bring the family together and enjoy some time to rest….
About the Author
Author: Emma Sabin
In my previous life living in the fast-paced London corporate I used my love of dancing, yoga and music to let off steam whenever I could. A diagnosis of breast cancer on my 40th birthday changed my life dramatically, but my love for movement never died. It was during my recovery that I followed a life long dream to study Dance Movement Pyschotherapy as well as yoga teacher training to strengthen my previous children’s yoga, dance and meditation experience.
Five years on and now living in Ibiza I wholeheartedly believe that all my training has had a big part to play in my recovery and working with my own inner child has made me realise how important it is to a provide safe, fun environment where children can learn, express themselves and find joy in movement.
It was this that led me to create the Supercala concept combining yoga, dance, mindfulness, massage and other fun things to lighten up everyone’s inner child.