Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra as it is known today was introduced to the West by Swami Satyananda, a student of Swami Sivananda and head of the Bihar School of Yoga.

It is the practice of deep relaxation (‘Yogic Sleep’ or ‘Sleep with Awareness’) which takes you through a rotation of consciousness of the different parts of the body enabling you to experience your body as whole and joined up again, combined with visualisations that engage deeply whilst enabling the release of physical and mental tension. During this time, you lie completely still in Sivasana or supported with blankets, bolsters and pillows.

Samye Centre started teaching Yoga Nidra to women postnatally and quickly discovered its powers as a rejuvinative practice, enabling deep relaxation and promoting self healing.

Yoga Nidra is currently integral to our Women’s Yoga Classes and Yoga for Teens.

What equipment we use:

To practice yoga nidra you will need to wear comfortable clothes. We also use

  • Yoga mat (please bring your own!)
  • Blanket (supplied in class; long enough to cover your whole body from neck to toes!)
  • Buckwheat head pillow (supplied in class; perfect for supporting your head)
  • Bolster (supplied in class; this is a cylindrical pillow which can be put under your knees; some people love this, others prefer to lie flat)

Who this practice is suitable for:

This practice is suitable for…

  • Women of all ages and experiences who would like to learn how to relax
  • New mums who want to use Yoga Nidra to support Postnatal healing
  • Teenagers as part of a bedtime routine

This class is not necessarily suitable for…

  • People with ongoing mental health problems
  • People who are under very acute stress or illness or who are facing bereavement

If you are interested in attending Women’s Yoga classes or Yoga for Teens and want to chat about yoga nidra’s suitability for you, please contact Katie Samye on 07578 177445 or email