Episode: 9

Why yoga nidra is not about sleep with Indu Arora

Welcome to Episode 9 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

In this episode, we dive deep into understanding yoga nidra with my guest, Indu Arora. I’m personally a big believer of this practice and I really think more people should have a deeper understanding and access to it, that’s why I reached out to Indu Arora to talk about yoga nidra.

Indu explains very clearly the different states of yoga, how they differ from yoga nidra, as well as the origin of this practice. She also goes on chatting about a mother-like mentor she had who shaped her as a yoga teacher. Join me as we learn another form of yoga and how this can benefit you as a yoga teacher and as a student. 

I met Indu Arora in a Minneapolis Yoga Conference a few years ago. Indu considers herself a student for lifetime. Aside from a master yoga teacher, she is also a speaker and an author. She had her formal studies of yoga when she was 16 years old and she was 19 when she shared her first yoga class in North India. She came to the United States in 2005. She is an expert in yoga and ayurveda practice and loves to impart that knowledge to other people. She travels extensively to teach and speak, and now lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

Yoga nidra is translated as yogic sleep, where yoga is translated to awareness, and the word nidra specifically refers to the dreamless deep sleep. It is the state in which a healthy human being can enter and exit the non-rapid eye movement state without awareness. But the practice is so much more.

Episode Highlights:

  • Indu shares the story of how she started in teaching yoga
  • Yoga nidra and its difference from ordinary sleep
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • Who is yoga nidra for?
  • The origins of yoga nidra
  • Relaxation versus enjoyment
  • Benefits of yoga nidra
  • Practicing yoga nidra: ideal time, place, frequency, and duration
  • Sankalpa and yoga nidra
  • The best way to learn more about yoga nidra is find a teacher who lives the practice

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Indu Arora

Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for a lifetime. Her teachings are deeply rooted in the philosophy: ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self.’


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