Yoga Nidra for Recovery

iRest® Yoga Nidra is a powerful practice for people in treatment for recovery from chemical dependency.  iRest specifically addresses the following needs in the treatment population:

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased reactivity
  • Increased acceptance
  • Increased feelings of calmness
  • Decreased stress
  • Descreased insomnia
  • Improved awareness, including
    • Ability to recognize feelings
    • Ability to listen to cues of the body

What makes iRest Yoga Nidra appropriate and effective for individuals in recovery?

iRest yoga nidra is a process that teaches people to be with and to welcome body sensations, thoughts and feelings that most people habitually tend to avoid.  This is paramount to the entire recovery process, since people struggling with addiction have typically medicated, numbed or otherwise shielded themselves from welcoming a fully integrated mind-body experience.  iRest teaches people to be more attentive and aware in order to better evaluate and trust their responses.  This process allows people to change habitual, impulsive and destructive reactions and behavioral patterns.  In recovery, being able to delay reactivity and assess responses, leads to better choices i.e., drug-free choices.

iRest yoga nidra is trauma-informed, and incorporates somatic processes for working with trauma if it arises throughout the practice.   It supports people in getting acquainted with the part of themselves that is completely whole, their essential nature, that they can access at any point throughout the practice, and throughout daily life.  Further, this practice teaches people practical skills for soothing their nervous system, and working with anxiety and stress as they arise in healthy and productive ways.

Most clients also find this practice helps with insomnia, as it teaches systematic skills to quiet the mind, and ease the body into a deep state of relaxation and sleep.

iRest yoga nidra allows people to access their positive self and emotions, that improves self-esteem and in turn increases the chances for a successful recovery.  Clients also have the ability to continue following the practice at home, with recordings of the guided practice that are provided.

What clients in recovery are saying about yoga nidra with Cassandra

Yoga Nidra took me into an area of consciousness that allowed me to explore and process a variety of issues. From physical pain, to anxiety, to existential questions – Cassandra’s breadth of knowledge and inviting presence created a comfortable atmosphere which encouraged me to explore and understand deeper issues. Other times I just need to rest up. After a 30 minute session I wake up feeling energized and refreshed with a fresh outlook on the day ahead.  – MF

I have been practicing yoga nidra in Cassandra’s meditation classes for over a year, and I highly recommend it for stress management.  It is extremely restorative, and expeditious at that!  I have practiced several other forms of meditation, but I find yoga nidra the MOST effective for dropping into a meditative state quickly, and emerging calm and refreshed, every time.  It is a sure-fire way to reset my mental state.  Cass is a skillful and experienced teacher, and her voice is uniquely soothing and effective for guided meditation.  Also this technique is particularly helpful to those with no meditation experience, as you can’t do it wrong, and you always emerge with some benefit!   I would recommend this practice for anyone, anytime, and have shared it with many of my friends.  – DT

I have been practicing yoga nidra for the past 6 months and have found it beneficial not only for my career (professional athlete) but for my life as a whole. I use yoga nidra as a reset for when I want to focus or when I want to give my body a chance to relax. On the day of games I am usually thinking about things that I need to do that night in game or worrying about things that can happen that might not go so well, so I will set aside an hour of my day where I can take a moment to settle into my body take some deep breaths and check in with myself. When doing the practice I can really become present in that moment and not worry about the future and unknown or stress about things in the past. When I am finished I always feel a since of clarity and calmness that everything is going to be just fine, and I feel like I have a much clearer focus on what my intentions are for that day. I would highly recommend yoga nidra to anyone that feels a since of being overwhelmed or a lack of connection with themselves. This practice has noticeably changed my performance in games and has brought me a better since of connection with my body. – MB

Get in Touch If you are interested in trying this practice yourself, or bringing this practice into your treatment center or IOP program, email or call (310) 871-8948