Book Review: Radiant Rest–Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity by Tracee Stanley

by Jay Hiller, September 18, 2022

Photo by Jake Weirick on Unsplash

I’ve been teaching yoga nidra classes since getting my initial RYT credential 8 years ago. Yoga nidra is a kind of psychic sleep where your body rests and your mind remains awake. It’s deeply refreshing. I always feel as if I’ve slept after yoga nidra classes. For those who haven’t done it before, you get into a very supported comfortable position, usually lying on your back while someone reads a meditation to you. The reading places you in a state between being awake and asleep, the general premise being that in that state you’ll be more receptive to the ideas presented in the meditation.

Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation & Awakened Clarity by Tracee Stanley

2021, Shambhala Publications Inc.

This book by Tracee Stanley is different than another one I own in that it has a number of flows and practices to encourage relaxation, as well as guided yoga nidra practices. I’ve always thought that yoga nidra was something that someone else had to help you with, but this book contains many ideas for relaxing on your own. Purchase gives you access to audio recordings for yoga nidra for your own practice. Additionally, the book has suggestions for encouraging sleep, which is different than yoga nidra.

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