yoga nidra:
discover a new level of calm

Relax your body and mind with the therapeutic practice of yoga nidra

Relax, Restore, Revitalize

Coming to an ISHTA Yoga Nidra class is one of the best things you can do to calm your body and mind. This powerful technique settles the nervous system, relaxes the body, and brings about a sense of peace.

During the class, you will be guided through gentle movement, relaxing breath work, and restorative yoga postures. When your body is prepared for stillness, you will be led through a series of visualizations that bring you to a state between being awake and being asleep. In this highly therapeutic state, your mind and body can deeply relax.

Students walk away experiencing an inner stillness and peace they didn’t know was possible, and many feel as if they’ve gotten hours of sleep.

My Yoga Nidra practice has transformed my life, I am able to calm down and sleep better, as well as be more present in daily life.

How Yoga Nidra Works

Yoga Nidra is a guided auditory meditation technique practiced lying down in savasana. In Sanskrit nidra means sleep. Yoga nidra is often referred to as the sleepless sleep because it induces a state between being awake and being asleep known as the hypnogogic state in which the mind and body deeply relax.

Yoga Nidra’s roots lie in an ancient tantric technique called nyasa in which practitioners held their awareness on different parts of the body. We use a variation of nyasa in yoga nidra to move our awareness through the body in a particular order and create a circuit of energy through the brain that allows us to enter the hypnogogic state.

Yoga nidra is highly adaptable both in length and purpose.  The practice can be adapted for different imbalances such as insomnia, depression and anxiety.

I look forward to yoga nidra classes at ISHTA every week! They are the calm in the middle of the busy storm of my life.

Restorative Yoga Nidra Workshop: June 7

Join Mona on June 7, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an in-depth workshop on Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama.

Mona will discuss prana, the vital force that rides on the breath and enlivens us, and pranayama, the expansion of this vital force. Through breathing techniques, asana, visualizations, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra, workshop students will guide their own bodies through healing and transformation.

Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainings

If you are ready to share the transformative practice of yoga nidra with others, or simply want to delve deeper into understanding yoga nidra, we offer two specialty teacher trainings. Both trainings are led by ISHTA Co-owner and Yogiraj Mona Anand, who has been revolutionary in the field of Yoga Nidra.

Mona Anand’s ISHTA Yoga Nidra 

This training, designed for teachers and students, delves deeper into yoga nidra. Yoga nidra can be used for many purposes, which include deep relaxation, to release what lies in the sub conscious and unconscious and to experience an expanded state of consciousness.

Upcoming dates are being finalized. If you are interested in attending this training, please fill out the contact form to be notified when dates are set! 


Mona Anand’s Yoga Nidra and the Chakras: May 14-16, 2018

This training will delve deeply into the issues associated with each chakra and how to use all of the tools of yoga including asana, restorative poses, pranayama, mantra, visualization and yoga nidra to find balance. Learn how to recognize imbalances in a specific chakra Discuss how to sequence asana and restorative postures and how to integrate pranayama, mantra and visualization for specific chakra imbalances. There will be opportunity to design and practice teaching yoga nidra and receive feedback on sequences.

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