“A sleep that throws off the Burdens “
Yog Nidra is awakening in deep sleep or A state of conscious Deep Sleep
Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the Deep Sleep state, referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad. This is the third of the four levels of consciousness. Four states are: Waking state (Vaiśvānara), Dreaming State (Taijasa), dreamless sleep (Prajna) in which the body, autonomic nervous system and mind rest, and finally an indescribable state of consciousness the text calls Turīya the fourth state.
In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go through the Dreaming state, and into the Deep Sleep state, yet remain fully awake.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is an exceptional practice. When the state of Yoga Nidra is achieved it places us in a state of stillness and silence, the body and mind have been bypassed and have been quiet in the process. It drops us powerfully into the deep sleep or dreamless sleep state of consciousness. There are unique benefits in this state.
It’s very beneficial to include yoga Nidra at the end of any asana sequence as the body and mind need the time to assimilate the effects of the asanas.
Benefits Of Yoga Nidra: ( though benefits are beyond the explanations)
- Improve Sleep
- Reduce Anxiety and Depression
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Improve Vitality
- Improve your Perspective and Outlook on Life
- Improve your Concentration
- Reduce symptoms of chronic stress
- Promote Emotional and Physical healing
- Encourage Love and Compassion for Self and Others
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN
You just lie down in Savasana with closed eyes and follow the voice who guide you to Yoga Nidra. As we train ourselves in Yoga Nidra, as we learn to release from body awareness and follow the breath, as awareness remains present, and the breath stills us more deeply, we release from the mind and fall into the state of dreamless sleep.
Now we train ourselves to remain fully conscious. We begin to observe now at an incredible depth, the very source of thoughts, behaviors, habits, tendencies, and patterns of experience. We are placed into direct relationship with the seeds of all our experience. The seeds are called samskaras, they are the driving force of karma as it plays out in our existence. We become aware of the samskaras, the tiny seeds of power behind every tendency we carry. But in this deep state observation of these potent little parcels of energy produce little or no reaction or emotion.
WHAT YOGA NIDRA IS NOT
- Yoga Nidra is not simply a relaxation practice. They are useful for reducing stress and fatigue but they do not yield the precise benefit of yoga Nidra.
- Yoga Nidra is not a lucid dreaming practice. Yoga Nidra seeks to drop us from all imagery and thought process.
- Yoga Nidra is not being lulled by sweet relaxing music. Nor is it being guided through a process of imagery and visualization. These practices keep the mind present. It does not take you beneath the surface of an individual or collective mind material.
- Yoga Nidra is not a practice to specifically target a form of a disease within the body.
- Yoga Nidra is also not a practice of autosuggestion, hypnotherapy or verbal affirmations.
- Yoga Nidra is NOT new, nor is it a more recent development in practice. Yoga Nidra is an ancient process that has neither been invented nor rediscovered in recent years, as is claimed by some. This practice has been known through the many eras of Vedic culture and forward throughout many yogic traditions.
- Yoga Nidra is not a practice to be branded or trademarked. The Contemporary scene is becoming increasingly a scene of brands, trademarks and individuals trying to patent aspects of Yoga which have been freely available to genuine seekers for thousands of years until greed entered its domains.