Yoga Nidra or Seated Meditation?

Sep 26, 2023

How does Yoga Nidra differ from seated meditation? There are 3 Key points. Yoga Nidra translates to awakened sleep and is a form of guided meditation. There are many definitions of meditation, but one that resonates with me is “prolonged single pointed awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state of being.”

Yoga Nidra sets itself apart from meditation is 3 main ways:

  1. Yoga Nidra is done in savasana or laying down.

Although, you can set yourself up however you choose, Yoga Nidra is typically done laying down on the back with props to create a cocoon of comfort. A bolster and blanket are typically used. The setup is used to make the practitioner as comfortable as possible.

Traditional meditation is typically done in a seated position.

     2. Yoga Nidra is a fully guided practice.

In traditional meditation attention is placed on single pointed awareness. Usually breath or a mantra is used as a focal point. This is most often a self guided practice.

In the practice of Yoga Nidra you are guided by voice. This systematically guided practice helps you to maintain connection to the outer world while exploring the depths of your inner world. As you move through the practice, the guide is there to draw your attention back to the present moment again and again.

     3. Yoga Nidra moves through the 5 Koshas (or veils) to bring you to your higher state of consciousness.

This is done systematically, moving from one to the next, eventually bringing you to the highest state.

The 5 Koshas are:

Higher Intelligence
Bliss Body

Seated meditation typically stays in the 3rd Kosha or mental state of being.

Yoga Nidra offers many benefits including:

Reduces anxiety
Improves memory
Heightens energy levels
Increases mind/body awareness
Improves concentration

By Tammy Thompson, find her for Yoga Nidra Mondays at 12:00pm on our class schedule

At The Collective you can experience both seated meditation and Yoga Nidra. Seated meditation may seem intimidating, but we hold a monthly meditation class that is donation only where you don’t need to know anything. We will teach you the foundations of how to sit, breathe, interact with thoughts and be fully present. Or you can experience our Yoga Nidra classes, where you will lay back and be guided verbally the entire time. There is a time and place for both types of meditation in your practice and some days will be more challenging than others. If you are unsure if you are doing it right, you are doing it right. Come join us!