Have you ever used a yoga nidra download to help you meditate or relax?

Yoga nidra is a guided meditation practice that is becoming more and more popular. "Yoga" means to join. "Nidra" means sleep. This type of meditation is very easy, because all you need to do is lie down and relax. There's no concentration involved!

Many people think that meditation has to be uncomfortable, and requires years of building up concentration. With yoga nidra, that is not the case at all.

Using a yoga nidra download is a great way to get an introduction to the practice - they are readily available, fairly inexpensive, and you can decide when and where you will do your meditation practice. You don't need to leave the comfort of home!

Here's what you can expect in a yoga nidra download:

Usually yoga nidra practices come in two forms - short and long. A short yoga nidra might last 10 to 20 minutes, whereas a long-form yoga nidra might last 30 minutes to an hour or more.

Secondly, there are several styles of yoga nidra. Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who is responsible for reintroducing this ancient meditation practice to the world in the 20th century, had many followers, and most types of yoga nidra derive from his particular methodology. Others have copied or refined his methods, including Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute, Richard Miller of iRest, Rod Stryker, and others. Some stick to a very traditional format, but others are trying to make the practice accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

In the Satyananda form, there are usually eight stages that a facilitator will guide you through. Other forms have been shortened. And some, in stark contrast to the tradition, will play music in the background - something Swami Satyananda did not agree with.

If you live in a big city where yoga is popular, it should be fairly easy to find yoga nidra workshops or even regularly scheduled yoga nidra classes. But for the rest of us, yoga nidra downloads do just fine.

You can find yoga nidra mp3 downloads on Amazon, CD Baby, and many other locations online.

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