Yoga nidra comes from the Indian Tantra’s and was devised by Swami Satyananda. It is a systematic technique that enables you to consciously relax on a physical, mental and emotional level. The term ‘yoga nidra’ comes from two Sanskrit words, ‘yoga’ meaning union, or one pointed awareness and ‘nidra’ meaning sleep.
Whilst practicing yoga nidra one appears to be asleep but the conscious mind is still functioning on a deeper level of awareness. It brings forth the threshold state between wakefulness and sleep whereby the body sleeps but the mind remains awake and aware. The practice of yoga nidra induces Alpha wave activity within the brain thus bringing on deep states of relaxation.
During this deep relaxed state the practitioner turns inwards and away from external distractions and focuses their concentration on the yoga nidra they are performing. With regular practise it releases muscular, emotional and mental tensions which in turn harmonises both mind and body. When the mind is tense, tension in the body often follows. Left unchecked this can lead to further psychosomatic diseases such as high blood pressure, migraines, cardiovascular problems, digestive disorders, skin diseases & ulcers etc
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Muscular tensions relate directly to the body, the nervous system and endocrine imbalances. It’s easy to remove these tensions by using the deep relaxation attained through yoga nidra.
Emotional tensions relate to conflicts and dualities of the mind such as our likes and dislikes etc. These are more difficult to release because they may be repressed and become deeply embedded within the psyche. Yoga nidra can help calm the whole emotional area of the mind and release these tensions and thus allow the body to relax.
Mental tensions are a result of continual mind activity where the mind is constantly thinking and is often over stimulated and stressed by our daily lives both at work and home. Yoga nidra can help the mind delve into its deeper layers of the subconscious and help relax these mental tensions.
The method of yoga nidra is a systematic guided technique where by the practitioner is asked to focus on the body in different ways, combined with visualization to induce the release of any muscular tensions. Whilst using the mind to focus on the body this in turn leads to a one pointed awareness and induces a meditative state assisting the mind to let go of any emotional and mental tensions.
By relaxing the body and mind during the practice of yoga nidra a sense of calm and tranquility is induced which revitalizes and harmonizes the whole body and mind. It is said that a 30 minute yoga nidra practice is worth 4 hours of rested sleep.
“By learning the art of relaxation is probably one of the greatest gifts
you could give to yourself and the world”.