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Yoga Nidra: Letting Go of Pain

By Breathing Space

SUN MAY 29, 2022

My life changed after I was driving home from work one day and was rear ended. I was abruptly forced to slow down by consequence, not by choice. I had tried Yoga Nidra a couple times prior to the car accident and later became fully immersed in the practice, as I needed something to help me de-stress and relieve pain, physical yoga at the time became too difficult for me.

Pain was present in most parts of my body following the accident. My nervous system was under stress. Yoga Nidra has been my main form of natural self-care. I have found some relief through the ability to detach from physical and emotional symptoms through practicing Yoga Nidra.

More than two years following the accident I still deal with chronic pain but manage it better thanks to Yoga Nidra. I decided to become a certified Yoga Nidra Instructor to have a better understanding of the practice, this was just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the world shut down. Thank God that I did, as I was cut off from many other forms of care, including some medical services because of the lockdown in California.

I’ve come to understand that my body has been stuck in a “fight or flight” response since the initial trauma. My body froze into protection mode: everything remained tense, locked, and tight. Yoga Nidra has helped calm my nervous system.

To explain Yoga Nidra simply, you let your body rest using breathing techniques, a body scan and visualization to let go of any emotions, limiting beliefs or physical sensations that aren’t serving you.

Prior to the pandemic, I practiced with Jill Weston, at Breathing Space. Jill is also the person that certified me. She’s been one of my biggest supporters through everything I’ve dealt with. Because of the pandemic and with Jill’s support, I challenged myself to practice Yoga Nidra daily at home. For 45 minutes-a-day I taught myself to let go of the pain, anxiety, and depression that can come with chronic medical conditions.

I faced additional health challenges at the end of 2021. I went to the ER with a severe pain attack and was admitted to the hospital. After a lot of testing, it was determined I needed surgery which I recently underwent this year. Recovery after surgery is difficult, again I turned to Yoga Nidra practice when I couldn’t sleep due to discomfort and pain. My body needed to rest and to let go of pain sensations. Yoga Nidra has been a lifesaver for me.

I refer to my road to recovery as chipping away at a big boulder, slowly clearing blocked energy in my body, relaxing tight muscles, and calming intense feelings day by day.

I’ve been through a lot, and I want what I’ve been through to serve a purpose and help others. If my story has made you curious about Yoga Nidra, give it a try. There are no physical limitations or requirements, you just lie down comfortably, breathe, and focus on healing. If you are dealing with any form of pain or emotional stress, it can likely help you too.

-Kathy Rose

Note: This blog about Yoga Nidra is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.