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Yoga Nidra and its amazing benefit!!

  1. What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term yoga nidra is derived from two Sankrit words, yoga meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra which means sleep. For this reason, yoga nidra is often refererred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconsious and unconscious dimension occurs spontaneously.

In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. If the conciousness can be seperated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and be applied in may ways, for example, to develop the memory, increase knowledge and creativity, or transform one's nature. Yoga nidra is one aspect of pratyahara which leads to the higher states of concentration and samadhi.

2. Deep state of relaxation during Yoga Nidra:

Yoga Nidra is amore efficient and effective form of psychic and physiological rest and rejuvenation than normal sleep. In order to relax completely, the inner tensions of the body, emotions and mind must be released. The practice of yoga nidra is the scientific method of removing these tensions. Those who adapt this technique in their daily routine soon experience profound changes in their sleeping habits.

Through the practice yoga nidra, we are not only relaxing, but restructuring and reforming our whole personality from within. Like the mythological phoenix, with every session we are burning the old samskaras, habits and tendencies in order to be born anew. When we practise yoga nidra, we are trying to transcend the behaviour of the external mind. Various centers in the brain are stimulated systematically, so the experiences we undergo are natural. When the mind becomes subtle during the practice of yoga nidra, its experiences are almost on the same level as we have in dreams. There is, of course, the fundamental difference that the experiences in yoga nidra are much more vivid and clear than those that occur in the dreaming state.

3. Yoga Nidra is not concentration

In Yoga Nidra, it is not necessary to concentrate, in fact, you should not. Just keep your mind moving from point to point and be aware of every experience. Even if your mind is full of anxiety and worry, fantasy and imagination, it does not matter.

The important thing is simply expose yourself to the instructions of the teacher, and to view any experiences which may arise with total awareness and detachment.

4. How to practise:

  • Choose a quite room and avoid all the noise from television or your phone

  • Then lie down in shavasana and listen to the instructions mentally

  • Do not concentrate, do not control your breath, just listen to the instructions and follow them mentally

  • Resolve: The wording should be very precise and clear, for example: I will be more aware and efficient. I will achieve healthy heath. I will have a deep relaxation.

  • Rotation of conciousness

  • Awareness of the breath

  • Feelings and sensations

  • Visualization

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