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Print Posted on 10/25/2017 in Yoga

The wonderful practice of yoga nidra

The wonderful practice of yoga nidra

Translated from Sanskrit, yoga nidra means yogic sleep. More precisely, yoga means union or one-pointed awareness and nidra, non-activity of the senses.

The person practicing yoga nidra ideally does not sleep but reaches a state in-between waking and sleep.

The practice brings many benefits to body and mind. It creates relaxation at a physical, mental and emotional level.

As a consequence, yoga nidra enhances physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. All diseases can be associated with either a physical, mental or emotional tension. That is why yoga nidra can help with most diseases.

Furthermore it does not require physical or mental effort to practice but simply to lie on the floor or on a mat, and follow the verbal instructions.

The total systematic relaxation of a yoga nidra session is equivalent to hours of ordinary sleep without awareness. A single hour of yoga nidra is as restful as four hours of conventional sleep (Saraswati S, 2008, pp14)

During yoga nidra one must be in a state of witness that is to say simply observe the process and feelings in the body and the mind without reacting to it.

No longer is the mind at the whim of the emotions, it becomes empowered to choose its own experiences and how it will react to them. With this the ability to witness also increases as the habits of identification are broken (Saraswati S, 2008)

The state of consciousness, between waking and sleep (also called hypnagogic state) achieved during yoga nidra allows for a connection with the subconscious mind. 

As Swami Satyananda Saraswati explains, “if the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example, to relax fully, to develop memory, increase knowledge and creativity, or transform one’s nature.” (Saraswati, S., 2008, pp6).

As a conclusion, I would recommend for anyone to try the practice daily over a month and observe how it affects their well-being   


References:

Saraswati, S. (2008). Yoga Nidra.(6th edition) Munger, Bihar, India: Yoga Publications Trust.


Picture retrieved from: http://yoga-et-vedas.com/yoga-nidra-votre-debut-de-meditation/


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