Imagine if one activity could help with a range of issues. One thing that could help you sleep better, deal with pain, reduce stress and help you deal with depression. One endeavour that could make you more mindful and improve concentration and focus. Imagine no more, iRest Yoga Nidra is here!
What is iRest Yoga Nidra?
Firstly, if your idea of yoga is sweaty people doing poses and stretching their bodies to near breaking point, think again. iRest Yoga Nidra is yoga with guided mediation. It’s simple to do, accessible to almost anyone and benefits mind, body and spirit.
iRest Yoga Nidra is based on the ancient (and by ancient we mean around 3000 years old!) Yoga Nidra. iRest has simply been adapted to suit and meet the demands of modern life in the 21st century. It’s part yoga, part meditation and provides a relaxation that is both deep and peaceful, helping to release negative emotions and thoughts.
iRest Yoga Nidra is also very effective and provides many physical and mental health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them.
iRest Yoga Nidra benefits
iRest Yoga Nidra has been shown to help mindfulness. In a study involving health care workers, researchers were able to show a “significant improvement in mindfulness of the health care workers following a guided 8-week iRest Yoga Nidra program.” While not all of us are obviously health care workers, it’s reasonable to say that if your life is demanding then iRest Yoga Nidra can help.
Depression and sleep
There is growing evidence that meditation therapy has a positive influence on depression. In a study of older people and depression, researchers found that following a course of iRest Yoga Nidra, participants reported a decrease in depression in as little as six weeks. The participants also reported that sleep was significantly improved.
It should come as no surprise that iRest Yoga Nidra has benefits in reducing stress. A study of stress in workers, using iRest Yoga Nidra, showed that the iRest “significantly reduced stress”. The benefits were seen across a range of industries and individual characteristics, such as age, gender, race and education.
What may be more surprising is that iRest can provide benefits in pain relief. A study of military veterans in the United States found that those who undertook iRest Yoga Nidra reported decreased pain intensity and pain interference compared to those in a control group. “Those receiving iRest reported a discernible improvement in activity limitations, symptoms, and quality of life.”
Give iRest Yoga Nidra a try
You mightn’t expect these types of benefits from one activity. Yet again, it’s not just any activity. It’s iRest Yoga Nidra.
You can give iRest Yoga Nidra a try at The Karma Studio in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Sandringham. iRest courses are held regularly over eight weeks in small groups of up to eight people. Private consultations can also be held at a day and time that suits you.
To find out more about iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation offered by Karma Studio go to our website or phone 9502 1044.
Note: For evidence based research on the benefits of iRest Yoga Nidra, see the iRest website.
iRest Yoga Nidra can provide a range of physical and mental health benefits.