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How to Practice Yoga Nidra

You will be lying still throughout your meditation practice, so it is often helpful to do 10 – 20 minutes of pranayama (breath) and/or asana practice beforehand to prepare the body and mind.  Create a comfortable, quiet environment where you will not be disturbed.  A small blanket roll under your neck and a bolster or cushion under your knees can help support the body.  Pulling a blanket over yourself  is great, too – your body will cool during meditation.  As one of my teachers put it, you want to be ‘supremely comfortable’.

Pick a practice duration that fits your schedule.  Optimal times for meditation are first thing in the morning, last thing at night, or late afternoon when you feel that energy lull.  That said, if those times don’t work for you, practice whenever you can fit it in.

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