In Nidra, the intention, or “sankalpa” is “direct” perception. We focus on true self confidence, a strong present mind, healing ourselves and knowing ourselves. This puts us at ease. This of course can in turn assist the health and homeostasis of our body, relieve stress and maybe even help us to sleep better at night but it is not for just those 8 hours alone. It really unifies us to everything that we do in creation.
This practice activates the power of the inner teacher, called “Guru” in the yoga tradition quite affectively, as no one is "doing" anything for you. Rest well in your inner teacher. A “guru” is unprovoked by dramas. One calm within their nature carries a bliss in and beyond their body that is unshakable and not reliant on things on the outside. Even if the body goes through it’s natural process, of which it will, these teachings leave the union to You untouched. Rest in it. It is within you.
Although we have all of the props and tools that you might need, feel free to bring your favorite items that help you to feel cozy, such as personal blankets, pillows or prayer shawls.