Yoga Nidra is a state of conscious deep sleep. During the practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at the deeper level of awareness. It is lucid sleeping in which the practitioner is in a state of mind in between wakefulness and dream. Normally when we sleep, we lose track of our self and cannot utilize this capacity of mind. Yoga Nidra enables the practitioner to be conscious in this state and nurture the seed of great will power, inspire the higher self, and enjoy the vitality of life.
Yoga Nidra helps you break free of self-limiting patterns, emotions and beliefs so that you may live a contented life, free of conflict, anxiety and suffering. In its ultimate form, Yoga Nidra reveals the secret of enlightenment and introduces you to your True Nature as joyful and radiant Presence.
Yoga Nidra induces deep relaxation throughout your entire body and mind and enables you to eliminate stress and resolve personal problems and trauma. It neutralizes anxiety, fear, anger, depression and insomnia. It teaches you how to enter deep meditation. Yoga Nidra is used to treat PTSD and to answer questions such as, “Who am I?”
During a typical session, a variety of techniques are used- including guided imagery and body scanning-to aid relaxation. And unlike a quick Savasana at the end of asana practice, Yoga Nidra allows enough time for practitioners to physiologically and psychologically sink into it- at least 20 to 45 minutes.
Extensive research has shown that Yoga Nidra effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, these techniques are being used in military hospitals across the U.S., as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being.
How It Works
Yoga Nidra is integrative, in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.
People using Yoga Nidra report:
Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression
Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
Improved interpersonal relations
Increased energy levels
Increased sense of control in their lives
More confidence and joy in their lives
Greater sense of peace and well-being
Yoga Nidra programs are typically taught as a guided meditation. Students can expect to lie down or sit comfortably during the practice. It is comprised of the following:
Development of intention
Body sensitivity training
Breath and energy awareness
Systematic neutralization of:
Negative body sensations and stress
Negative feelings & emotions
Negative beliefs, images and memories
The experience of joy and well-being
Freedom from the sense of separation generated by the senses and mind
The ability to experience peace amidst the changing circumstances of life
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