Shavasana, the basic position for relaxation practices
Systematic progressive relaxation from head to toes, bringing awareness
Blue star subtle body practice
Yoga nidra is the superstar of dealing with PTSD. It is an ancient form of meditative inquiry used to reduce physical, emotional and mental suffering. The approach fosters deep relaxation, and is hypothesized to arouse the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) through body sensing, deep breathing and other techniques. See Dr Richard Miller’s results on yoga nidra as therapy for PTSD in research studies conducted at the Walter Reed Army Hospital. http://www.irest.us/sites/default/files/WRAMH_PTSD_YN_Results_0.pdf
For thousands of years, meditation masters have used the methods of sleepless sleep to learn the secrets of the Self, to discover depths of sciences and arts, and to rejuvenate and to heal themselves.
Yoga Nidra is a state of conscious sleep in which you maintain just a hint of awareness. Your consciousness will function at a deep level which increases the capacity of your mind. In this state, you’ll improve your power of focus, connect with your higher self, and increase your well being. You will discover how to get the deep rest you need each day while reducing your need for sleep. The quality of rest you experience in Yoga Nidra is completely different from ordinary sleep. This is the only known way to rest the unconscious mind.
With the practice of yoga nidra, people can: achieve deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level, maintain a positive state of mind, improve the quality of their sleep dramatically, increase efficiency at work, reduce stress, support healing throughout your body, increase your intuition and expand your consciousness, accelerate the ability to learn, allow your aches and pains to dissipate naturally, and help regulate breath, heart and digestive systems.