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Practice Deep Relaxation with "Yogic Sleep"

This guided practice invites you to experience the yoga Nidra state - a "deep sleep state with consciousness retained". Studies have shown that Yoga Nidra may help improve nighttime sleep, reduce stress, improve blood pressure, and assist with hormone regulation.

For information about private sessions or more Yoga Nidra recordings by Dr. Kostenuik, contact

(Quote above from Nidra trainer Kaya Mindlan)

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What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation.

There is evidence that yoga nidra helps relieve stress. 

Reported potential effects and benefits:

  • endogenous dopamine release

  • balance in autonomic nervous system

  • reduction of tension and anxiety

  • reduction of headaches

  • reduction of effects of stress

  • treatment of PTSD symptoms

  • improved self-esteem in students


My Yoga Nidra teacher Kaya Mindlin has posted these research articles on her website, click here to find them.

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"Yogic Sleep"

Deep Relaxation Practice

Hosted by Dr. Marcia Kostenuik

Open to all. Space is limited. No Fee.

Pre-registration required:

Feb 28, 2022, 12-1pm Eastern

Be prepared for deep relaxation as Dr. Marcia Kostenuik guides you in this Yoga Nidra practice. No experience is necessary. Learn how Yoga Nidra can help reduce stress, resolve longstanding emotional difficulties, improve night-time sleep, and induce a relaxation response. Participate in an experiential practice where you will simply listen and be invited to allow your body and mind to rest and recover.

Dr. Marcia Kostenuik MD FCFP CFPC BSc RYT is a physician, medical psychotherapist, personal coach, and registered yoga instructor trained in Yoga Nidra.

To book a Yoga Nidra session for your group or for yourself contact
Enquire about the Finding Stillness series to join group Yoga Nidra sessions and access Dr. Kostenuik's recordings.

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