Stress, worry, and anxiety can weaken the immune system by raising your blood pressure, heart rate, and breath rate and impacting your digestion. If the stress response persists for too long, your brain rewires into a state of chronic stress. But there’s good news!! You can counteract the effects of stress on your body. It has been scientifically proven that during Yoga Nidra, there is a natural decrease in the amount of cortisol (the main stress hormone) released in the body. At the same time, Yoga Nidra can naturally increase the release of “feel good” chemicals in the body such as melatonin, serotonin, and endorphins. As we reduce the physical impact of stress and activate the relaxation response, the body’s immune system is naturally boosted.
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation -- there are no poses -- it uses breath and mindfulness techniques to relax the body and calm the mind. During Yoga Nidra, you simply lay down in a comfortable position, usually on your back, and follow the guidance.