Do you ever come home from work feeling exhausted? Do you let yourself rest, or do you hurriedly start cooking dinner?
Do you ever come home from work after a bad day, tired and upset? Do you let yourself have a moment of self care, or do you look after everyone else first and leave your own needs until later?
Do you comfort eat, to get through this last part of the day, to soothe your frayed nerves, to fill the ache in your soul, and to give you that burst of sugar to see you through til sleep?
I have been known to do all of these, and more.
But I’ve found a new way of managing my energy levels, my need to process negative emotions in the most peaceful, non-violent way possible, the needs of my soul, and the needs of my family.
It’s yoga nidra!
After work, before I begin to cook and clean, I take 20 minutes to lay down, and listen to a yoga nidra meditation. In yoga nidra the body rests profoundly and your mind approaches the state of pure awareness. I find that all my worries and cares melt away, and every muscle of my body breathes a sigh of relief. After yoga nidra, I feel refreshed and revitalised. And because I have taken time to nurture and nourish my body, mind and soul, I have so much more energy to give my loved ones. I also find I have enough energy, and enough contentment in my mind and emotions, that I no longer need to reach for snacks to get me through until dinner.
Some days I like to combine my yoga nidra practice with self-Reiki, for an added energy balance and boost.
Yoga nidra is wonderful for people of all ages. Kids love it, and there are many yoga nidra recordings designed especially for children. If you practice yoga nidra with your children after school, you’ll notice such a difference in your little ones after they’ve had a few minutes of this deep relaxation… they’ll probably be less crabby, there is likely to be less sibling rivalry, and there may even be more willing helpers when it comes time to cook dinner and set the table!
I invite you to try yoga nidra, with or without Reiki, on your own or with your family, and see how it transforms your afternoons and evenings. It could even become a treasured tradition that helps you, and your family, better manage life’s pressures and stresses. I’d love to hear how you go. Please feel welcome to comment below.