“Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well.”
-Judith Hanson Lasater
I recently discovered yoga nidra which translates to night yoga. This is yoga you can do alone either sitting up in a dark quiet spot or while lying in bed. I have always had trouble sleeping for one reason or another. Some of the reasons for my difficulty falling asleep are related to my mind constantly racing.
I am currently 3 weeks away from getting married but as any of you know who have been through the wedding planning process, it is never ending and there are always things that need to be accomplished or decided on. I have stayed up all night racking my brain over these things numerous times.
There are youtube videos for yoga nidra that I listen to sometimes but other times I make it up myself and it has actually worked.
When I am lying in bed I visualize a white board and I write all of the things that are bothering me or on my mind on that board. You can visually write them or use your finger in the air to write on the imaginary board. I then think about the items on the list which are usually all things that I have no control over. I then take a deep breath and wipe from right to left while erasing all of the items listed.
This represents a clean slate and therefore reminding myself that everything I had listed are things that I cannot fix, change or do much about and therefore not worth my anxiety, stress or lack of sleep.
I continue taking deep breaths while focusing on each breath. Sometimes I think about things that make me happy like my family, sports or the beach. After a while, my mind empties and I am able to fall asleep and remain asleep.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entitled “try not to worry about things that are out of your control,” you will drive yourself nuts trying to fix things that you have no control over. Instead, try to relax, empty your mind of your thoughts and think positive. I suggest trying yoga nidra or even trying to think positive about your day, your future or things that simply make you smile.
I guarantee that each one of you has something in your life that you cannot control but we let it run our lives. Some examples could be the car breaking down, financial issues, getting sick, a cell phone breaking, the stock market, a sports game, or life in general. Understanding the things in our lives that we cannot control will help determine what things to write on our white board and erase from our minds for the moment.
A short description of yoga nidra for those who are interested in learning more about it.
“There are times in life when there’s absolutely nothing you can do, also known as a chance to relax.”