Day 19: Yogi sleep pose (Yoga Nidrasana)

Appropriately so, I present to you today’s pose: yogi sleep pose, or yoga nidrasana. You’re probably thinking, “No way, I could never do that,” but to be honest, it’s not as difficult as it looks. In fact, once you’re able to relax in, it’s very comfortable, allowing your mind and body to fold within. Hence the name “sleep pose.”

And sleep sounds great right now, because truth be told, I’m exhausted. I’m learning an intense of amount of stuff during this teacher training– we read a book a week, as well as learn the poses and anatomy.  But what’s really wearing my down is all the hard yoga classes throughout the week. Yesterday, a fellow yogi-in-training thought I was twenty-four. Oh, how great that would be. I can hide my age to my peers, but not to my body, which is screaming, “Chellis, you’re old!”

But then I started thinking, I’m really not THAT old. I just like to complain, because I used to be younger. (I believe we all have that in common.) And if anything, yoga is ageless practice. In fact, for inspiration, here’s a yoga teacher who’s 91 years old. Check out that shoulder stand.

Now back to Nidrasana. Before entering this pose, make sure to be warmed up first, with plenty of forward folds. I’m only able to enter this cradle, after a long, sweaty class, where my hips and hamstrings are open.  Once you’re loosey-goosey and ready, fold over into plough pose (halasana), extending your feet over your head and touching your toes onto the ground. Breath into that, as always. Now the hard part for me in Nidrasana is hooking my ankles behind my head. Usually one foot wants to go, but not the other one. But once you get a sturdy hook, you can slide your shoulders and head between your shins and rest there in a nice little pretzel.

About Chellis Ying

Chellis is a writer, yogi and teacher based in California.
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2 Responses to Day 19: Yogi sleep pose (Yoga Nidrasana)

  1. Ju says:

    I’ve never seen this pose before and have no idea if I can do it. But just so you know, you’re NOT old. I am 54 and just embarking on the beginnings of a possible teacher training track, books, classes and all, so if I can do it, you surely can. I’m rooting for you!

  2. Andrew says:

    Impressive.

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