Conscious Relaxation

Conscious relaxation is similar to a guided meditation but it induces full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. It is also known by the name Yoga Nidra. It is also practiced lying down, with the aid of blankets and props to comfort and support your body. It is an ancient but lesser known yogic technique described as “the sleep that awakens pure being.”

This is also called Yoga Nidra, and it is a complete relaxation of the body and mind while lying down. The practice can also be accomplished sitting in a chair if you have physical issues that prevent you from lying on the floor.

Please note: Just prior to the Conscious Relaxation,we will be doing a short (10 min) gentle yoga sequence to open up the body so that energy flows freely across the body. This allows you to experience the maximum benefits of the practice. (If you need to use a chair for these, you can do so.)

This meditation is a little different than a typical guided meditation. We are bombarded daily with excessive stimulation (smartphones, computers, the media, and life in general) and it clashes with our natural rhythms. This can cause us to be under-rested and then have to down cup after cup of coffee to keep us “alive” through the day.

This session is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. It is said that its restorative nature for just one hour is the same as four hours of regular sleep. We will move the mind from inner chatter to calm peace, so you can move into deep rest when you return home.


We’ll begin with an intention, a body scan, breath awareness, and return from the meditation, ready for a good night’s sleep.

Dress comfortably. You can bring your own mat, pillow, eye pillow and blanket, or use our mats, pillows and eye pillows.

Aside from being relaxing, restorative and restful, studies have shown that conscious relaxation/yoga nidra can also:

  • Ease insomnia
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Alleviate stress
  • Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency
  • Reduce menopausal or menstruation pain and symptoms
  • Helps with pain symptoms of any kind
  • Heighten awareness and focus
  • Transform negative habits, behaviors and ways of thinking
  • Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity

Recommended: Anyone

It is best to arrive 5-10 minutes early for our events so we can start on time and not have the session interrupted.



July 26 @ 19:00
7:00 pm — 7:45 pm (45′)

Meditate Madison Studio – 621 N. Sherman Ave, Suite B11

C.MI., Deb Phelps

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Meditate Madison is a small, intimate studio on the Northside of Madison. All mind, body and spirit practitioners are welcome to join us. We are a body-positive space so our yoga classes are open to all bodies and all abilities.