Last Updated on December 30, 2021 by melissanreynolds
Yoga Nidra for fibromyalgia, pain, fatigue and insomnia is my jam. If you were starting to think that you need to be able to get onto the floor to experience the benefits of yoga for fibromyalgia -think again my friend.
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice that can be done in your bed (with your heat pack). Or on the floor after a practice.
It can be done first thing in the morning to supplement a poor sleep. During the day as a rest (I do it every afternoon). In the middle of a flare. After work. Before sleep. And in the middle of the night during painsomnia. It really is awesome.
This type of meditation has research backing it up. It is a profoundly restful guided meditation that is generally done lying down. But I find it better as an experience than a theoretical thing. So give it a try and catch up with me below.
Yoga Nidra – Give it a Go!
How did that make you feel?
I really hope you felt relaxed, calm and maybe that you took a small catnap afterwards.
As a mama with small children, chronic fatigue, chronic insomnia and chronic pain – Yoga Nidra is my go-to for a fuel up. Every day after lunch I take my guided meditation in bed with my electric heat pad while the little ones nap or rest. It is my secret for coping with all the things. I hope that it helps you too.
Why Did I Start Meditating?
I started meditating purely because I was miserable, exhausted and desperately needed some rest. My chronic pain and fatigue was flared up from pregnancy and delivery and having a tiny baby and said tiny baby didn’t sleep much.
I began with a 20 minute yoga nidra guided meditation and experienced rest for my body and mind in a way I couldn’t remember ever achieving (I have had chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia since I was a teenager). I was hooked!
For the past six years I have meditated daily, researched, trained and basically become very passionate about using mindfulness and meditation for the chronics. As a side-benefit I found my anxiety levels have plummeted. I didn’t even realise anxiety was a problem for me until the volume turned right down.
It has helped me with
- Insomnia (it is easier to get to sleep, stay asleep and get back to sleep)
- Connecting with my body (getting past the big sensations to see they are not my body)
It is a natural remedy for fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue. It is one of the most prominent parts of my whole of life treatment plan.
When to do Yoga Nidra
- First thing in the morning if you don’t feel you’ve slept well (most of the time with fibromyalgia?)
- During a flare
- In place of a rest/nap (especially useful if you cannot nap but really wish you could)
- After work
- Before bed
- During the night (it is great for those painsomnia nights)
- Basically whenever suits you
Without weighing you down in research, here are the benefits of meditation:
- Helps with chronic insomnia
- Calms the central nervous system
- Can improve the immune system
- May help with depression and anxiety
- Reduces pain and fatigue
- Relieves stress
How does it help fibromyalgia?
The brain waves during Yoga Nidra mimic that of deep sleep. Something that it notoriously difficult for us to get. Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep, so that isn’t surprising. My theory for a while is that sleep is the foundation upon which all else sits. When I get good rest and sleep, my pain and fatigue are less. When my pain and fatigue are less, other symptoms also reduce. Including digestive issues.
How to Harness the Power of Yoga Nidra for Fibromyalgia
It has helped me so much that I have dreamed about being able to share it with you. I have completed three Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainings and practiced the gammit of types of nidra available. I have read every book and article I could get my hands on.
The research on meditation and yoga nidra for insomnia, pain and fatigue has only solidified my mission to share this.
Yoga Nidra for Fibromyalgia is a short course designed to share how to get started in your own practice, including several downloadable practices. It’s practical. It’s simple.
But it’s not easy. You have to commit to your practice. I suggest setting a time each day that you will do it, at least when you are beginning. The more you practice, the more benefit you will see.
I am so freaking excited to be able to share this with you, I hope you will try it again.
If we haven’t met before, I’m Melissa, and I am passionate about sharing the tools of yoga for fibromyalgia with you. I use these tools myself every day to manage my pain, fatigue, insomnia and basically feel a little better. If you’d like to learn more check out the following:
If you would like to commit to five minutes a day, you are invited to join the free challenge Yoga
for Fibromyalgia Five Minutes a Day.
For unlimited access to yoga designed especially for fibro bodies, come and join Yoga for the Chronic Life virtual yoga studio. We have bed, chair, meditation (including yoga nidra), strengthening, restful yoga and more.