Yoga Journal

Rest and renew

WHILE YOGA NIDRA technically doesn’t require any warm-up— one of its charms is that anyone can drop into it at any time— preparing the body and mind with a short asana practice, meditation, or pranayama will allow you to settle in more quickly and get straight to the deeply relaxing benefits of psychic sleep. Step one, says Sri Dharma Mittra, is staying healthy and fit with daily exercise of any kind—Sun Salutations, running, or calisthenics.

Then, as you’re ready to try yoga nidra, start with the postures, breathwork, and meditation on the following pages to clear the mind and body of any additional tension and stress. Practice within your zone of comfort (meaning just because Dharma can

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