What is NSDR? No, it is not an acronym for a type of data research. It is a modernized term for “non-sleep deep rest.” Properly known as “yoga nidra,” it dates back as many as 3,000 years. Loosely translated, NSDR is “yogic sleep” and enables the practitioner to enter an ultra-deep state of relaxation without sleep.
In as short as a ten-minute session, one can enter into a state of consciousness where the mind and body are entirely at rest without sleeping. Physically effortless, it is typically practiced lying down, guided by an instructor.
The benefits include reduced stress and anxiety and improved concentration, energy, and memory. Not to be confused with a power nap, the techniques put the body into the most profound state of relaxation and rejuvenation.
What Is NSDR?
NSDR incorporates long exhale breathing and “is very relaxing to your nervous system,” says Dr. Andrew Huberman, Stanford University neuroscientist. Currently, he hosts the Huberman Lab podcast and an NSDR Youtube channel.
Huberman coined the NSDR term “first because scientists love acronyms almost as much as the military does” and because people “are averse to doing anything that has a name like yoga nidra.”
NSDR puts the mind into a tranquil yet alert state for a short period and is practiced anywhere. It fosters calmness, focus, and productivity for the rest of the day. Additionally, NSDR works before bed if one chooses, slowing the mind and body for a deeper, restorative sleep.
“It doesn’t have to be done every day” to reap the benefits, Huberman adds in an interview with The Edge. However, like yoga, meditation, and exercise, the more practice, the more effective.
What Can It Do for Me?
The EkhartYoga website illustrates that a typical session lasts 30 to 45 minutes and moves through three or four stages, depending on time. It begins with concentration and asking oneself questions about life and what is desired.
Focus aims at awareness of the breath, body sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Remember, it is important to welcome these thoughts and feelings without controlling them. In practice, a look at oneself from outside the body.
For the fourth week, LMS Human Resources leads the entire team through another form of wellness for Mental Health Awareness Month. Comfortably, these ten-minute remote sessions create awareness for wellness and provide new techniques to improve comfort, mood, and productivity.
Today, NSDR is on schedule. As always, the interaction between the team before, during, and after the sessions are an added layer of connection for the benefit of the LMS culture.
It is a state in which you are neither asleep nor awake. If you fall asleep, it is not Yoga Nidra. If you remain awake, then it is also not Yoga Nidra, and if dreams overtake you, it is not Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a state in which there is awareness of the conscious, subconscious and unconscious fields of your mind all at one time. It is a perfect therapy. It removes all psychological abnormalities and sanskaras, and helps you to become your normal, natural self.
- Swami Satyananda of India. Quote courtesy of Arhanta Yoga