Frequently Asked Questions
Can we just do one session and see how it goes?
Of course you can try a trial session of 30 minutes. However, the in-office and audio meditations are cumulative and the more you try, learn about and get used to the technique, the higher the benefits.
What do we need for set up?
The optimum way of doing Yoga Nidra is laying down in a dimly-lit or dark room that is sound proof. However, sometimes this is not 100% possible in a working environment. Good news! It is just as beneficial to do in a seated position and can be done in a conference room that is reserved for the time. If laying down is an option, yoga mats and blankets or coverings of some sort are always good to keep people comfortable and warm.
Do we need a special room to hold a session?
No special room just a place to hold the number of attendees comfortably whether they are laying down or seated.
How can we get employees to try it?
Offering the talk to kick off the program is suggested to give employees information on what Yoga Nidra is and how it can benefit their sleep habits, cognitive ability and overall wellness.
Also, using the word "sleep" when marketing the program internally is recommended. NextJump, a client who offered 30 minute sessions all five days a week found that calling it "Sleep Class" instead of "Yoga" or "Meditation" was highly effective in getting almost 20% of their employees to do it 2-3 times a week including their leadership team. Read more HERE.
I heard that Yoga Nidra can give you 2 hours of sleep in a 30 minute session. Is this true and how can you prove it?
This information came from the maker of what is now Yoga Nida, Swami Shivanand Saraswati, who was referring to the comparison of quality sleep one gets under optimal conditions and years of practice of Yoga Nidra. While it has been used by numerous Yoga Nidra teachers, it hasn't been scientifically proven yet. However, knowing what we do about sleeping with tension and an active mind vs. sleeping in a relaxed state and a calm mind, quality sleep is indeed a great benefit and just doing 30 minutes can completely revitalize and rejuvenate the entire system.
Do other meditations provide the same benefits?
While other meditations - vipasana, mindful, kundalini - are wonderful techniques to do can even compliment the practice, Yoga Nidra is a systemized approach to fully relaxing the body and mind. Each part of this ancient technique was designed to ease the mind by giving it instructions to follow (through listening - audio part of the brain) while allowing the body to let go into a sleep-like state. Also, with the deprivation of senses (light, sound, touch) Yoga Nidra increases the amount of time wavering between Alpha and Theta brain wave states, (ones that we only stay in for an average of a few minutes a day) which is where we get the most quality sleep and have access to visuals, images and our deep intuitions and intentions. Kind of like what you would get from floating in a sensory deprivation tank.
What if people just fall asleep? Does it still work?
The goal is not to fall asleep and stay at the threshold of sleep and wakefulness. However, at the beginning falling asleep is quite normal and perfectly okay to do. Because we are training the brain to stay in a state much longer than we are used to (3-5 minutes vs. 30 minutes), it takes practice and patience. Just receiving Yoga Nidra, even if you fall asleep during parts of it, starts to rewire the brain through the subconscious and gives time to rest and leave energized and refreshed. And worst case scenario, employees who fall asleep get a 30 minute power nap and more out of their day.