Guided Relaxation: iRest Yoga Nidra and Reflective Journaling

by Student Wellness Center at Dartmouth

Spiritual wellness

Thu, May 9, 2024

5 PM – 5:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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The SWC is excited to collaborate with South, School & West House to bring you a mid-week restorative practice* with to-go healthy snacks and journals!

This experiential learning opportunity will take place every Thursday from weeks 5:00 to 5:45pm. Each session will look something like this: 

  • Setup mats and settle into our spaces (5-7 minutes) 

  • Guided yoga nidra (30 minutes)

  • Prompted free-write in provided journals (7 minutes)

  • Ending session and putting away mats, journals (5 minutes) 


*mats will be provided


What is Yoga Nidra?


Yoga nidra is a type of meditation practice originating from ancient India, commonly known as "yogic sleep" or "dynamic sleep." It is a contemplative practice that involves following guided prompts while lying in a comfortable position through various stages of relaxation, breathing exercises, and visualization.


This practice aims to induce a state of deep relaxation and meditation, similar to the liminal state between waking and sleeping. This state can provide numerous physical, emotional, and mental benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, enhancing creativity, and promoting overall well-being. In this state, you may experience a sense of timelessness, expansiveness, and interconnectedness.

You will be guided through the ancient practice of yoga nidra: a deeply restful and rejuvenating sleep-like meditation. Participants will be invited to lie down, get comfortable, and simply listen to the words of the meditation while doing absolutely nothing else. Yoga philosophy states that 30 minutes of yoga nidra practice is equivalent to 3-4 hours of sleep. Come see for yourself! 

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Co-hosted with: School House, South House, West House

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