Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage, typically induced by a guided meditation. There is evidence that yoga nidra helps relieve stress and connects us to our parasympathetic nervous system.
Progressive muscle relaxation is a method that helps relieve that tension. In progressive muscle relaxation, you tense a group of muscles as you breathe in, and you relax them as you breathe out. You work on your muscle groups in a certain order.
The focus on body release and body parts, creates a focus for the mind, easing anxiety Nadi Shodhana, also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, can have a profound impact on your body, mind, and nervous system. This is a simple and powerful tool, which can be used by most people as a simple and effective practice to clear the mind and calm the whole self.
Here, Humewood parent, Health and Wellness Committee member and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist Joanna Morrison has provided a series of guided mediation recordings to help tame the stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation