NIDRA GUIDES

WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA? Yoga nidra is a paradoxical meditative state of awakened sleep, where you may rest deeply in the Heart while experiencing radiant reconnection with all of life. It can be accessed through spontaneous arisings, self-practice, or the guidance of a facilitator, and offer many gifts in the process.

WHAT “GIFTS” CAN I EXPECT DURING PRACTICE? Yoga nidra practices hold space for you to heal and grow in your own unique way. This could mean a much needed snooze, wakeful relaxation, emotional awareness, intention cultivation, or even creative insight—the gifts can be surprising and bountiful, especially with consistent practice. However, you may find relief in letting of all expectations, knowing that your body will automatically extract what it currently needs from each practice.

WHAT POSITION DO I PRACTICE IN? Yoga nidra is typically practiced lying down in a well-supported and comfortable position. Pictured below are a couple arrangements that work well for most folks (plus pile on blankets to ensure warmth), though it is best to listen to your body directly, as it will provide the best advice for setting up.

HOW DO I PRACTICE? To simply be present and receive the sound of the facilitator’s voice is more than enough; little concentrative effort is required. That said, autonomous self-care is also recommended, meaning that you may adapt any of the instructions, mindfully adjust positions, take a drink of water, open your eyes, or do whatever else is needed to feel safe and secure throughout.


AT HOME IN MY SKIN (2022)

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Total running time: 3:14 hours
Pre-requisites: Basic distress tolerance + emotion-regulation skills
Suggested contribution: $25 – $50 CAD through e-transfer to kimberleyluuyoga@gmail.com (within Canada) or PayPal (outside Canada)
∗∗ I invested a lot of time and care in developing this yoga nidra album. Your contribution is much appreciated, and would allow me to continue creating more guides to share ∗∗

A collection of yoga nidras specially created for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. They were designed to support rooted awareness, a felt-sense of belonging, reconnection to your ancestral power, compassionate presence for race-based wounds, unity within diversity, and peaceful sleep to resist conditioned restlessness. 

1. Welcome – Embracing your racial identity • 18:34 🌕 🌓 
2. Rooted Heart – Grounding into openhearted presence (stage one antar mouna) • 8:02 🌕 🌓
3. Intergenerational Resilience – Reigniting your inherent resilience gifted from your ancestors • 24:30 🌕 🌓
4. Aloe Vera (sample track) – Compassionately soothing the skin burns of race-based stress injuries • 16:44 🌓
5. True Home – Warmly attending to the layers of your being to uncover your warm abode within the Heart • 36:36 🌕 🌓 
6. Softening Separation – Gradually decomposing divisive perceptions and shifting towards unity • 22:53 🌓
7. Starlit Web – Weaving constellations of interconnection • 42:02 🌓 🌑 | Poem: Sister Thuc Nghiem – We All Belong Together
8. Mother Earth’s Cradle – Progressively releasing embodied tensions before melting into deep sleep • 24:24 🌑

🌕 Waking nidra – Practices for transitioning into wakefulness
🌓 Nidra nap – Practices for any time during waking hours
🌑 Sleep nidra – Practices for transitioning into sleep


TAKING BACK THE NIGHT (2020)

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Total running time: 3:07 hours
Pre-requisites: Basic distress tolerance + emotion-regulation skills
Suggested contribution: $25 – $50 CAD through e-transfer to kimberleyluuyoga@gmail.com (within Canada) or PayPal (outside Canada)
∗∗ I invested a lot of time and care in developing this yoga nidra album. Your contribution is much appreciated, and would allow me to continue creating more guides to share ∗∗

A collection of yoga nidras specially created for survivors of sexual violence. They were designed to support a felt-sense of inner safety and trust, reconnection to your body’s intuitive wisdom, soothing remedies for physical and emotional pain, healthy relationships with yourself and others, and restful sleep to reclaim your night. 

1. Listen In (sample track) – Settling into a receptive space for deep inner listening • 14:33 🌕 🌓
2. Safe Explorations – Building a foundation of security for safe inward explorations • 23:54 🌓 🌑 
3. Body Appreciation – Growing gratitude for your body in all of its wonder, complexity, and resilience • 17:26 🌕 🌓
4. Spacious Ease – Feeling into the vast spaciousness that resides within and all around you • 19:02 🌓 🌑 | Music: Meditative Mind – 174 Hz Pain Relief
5. Mindful Mayas Cultivating present moment awareness of your body, breath/ energy, mind, inner wisdom, and joyful essence; illuminating the pathway home to your Heart • 39:22 🌕 🌓 🌑
6. Healing Moonlight – Resting in mindful self-compassion for coping with emotional stress • 30:40 🌓 🌑 | Music: Meditative Mind – 417 Hz Cleanse Negative Energy
7. Grow Love, Give Love – Opening your heart to yourself, a loved one, and the connection between (three-layer maitri) • 20:43 🌕 🌓
8. Soothing Lullaby – Coaxing your body into conscious sleep with gentle rhythms and rotations • 20:30 🌑 | Music: Beautiful Chorus – Faith’s Hymn

🌕 Waking nidra – Practices for transitioning into wakefulness
🌓 Nidra nap – Practices for any time during waking hours
🌑 Sleep nidra – Practices for transitioning into sleep