Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a form of Meditation, where someone can experience total relaxation.It is the process of “conscious sleep”.

There is 3 states of human consciousness, as they are described in psychology, the state of alertness, the state of dream and the state of deep sleep.

At the state of alertness, the person perceives the environment though the external sense centers. At the state of dream, the subconscious mind is ruling, releasing suppressed emotions and fears. At the state of deep sleep the unconscious mind is ruling and deeper instincts and experiences are expressed while the mind and body remain inactive.
At the state of Yoga Nidra, the superconscious mind is activate, in deep relaxation and a state of conscious dream and/or vision is experienced.

Imagine that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra, equals 3 hours of sleep!

“Total relaxation is a result of full consciousness and it can’t be achieved through unconscious sleep.” Texts of Tantra

Which is the process of Conscious Sleep

The practice of Yoga Nidra is happening in Savasana, lying on the floor completely relaxed. The duration varies from 20 to 45 minutes and you are guided mentally, no movements required, just lying on your mat.

1st stage
Yoga Nidra starts with a total relaxation of body and senses.

2nd stage
At this point, you are called to choose your “Sankalpa”, a strong intention that is created by the combination of your heart and your mind. Sankalpa’s role is to regulate and balance your mind with your body.
It works like a seed inside your mind during the yoga nidra practice, it is a way to bring new paradigms into your mental state.
An example of Sankalpa could be “ I am healthy” or “ I release the things that weight me down” or “I release my need for smoking”…

3rd stage
The “journey” of consciousness all around the body.
It is a mental process and no movement is taking place.
The only thing you should “do” is follow the voice of the instructor, making sure that you won’t fall asleep.

4th stage
Conscious Breathing.
You just breath normally in your own pace with no effort to change or control your breath. In this way, a total relaxation is achieved and an energy of higher frequency is coming inside your body, vitalising all your cells.

5th stage
Senses and Emotions.
The purpose of this stage is to awaken all the suppressed emotions, so they can come up and finally be released.
Your emotional body finds now a relief from any traumatic experience or remembrance.

6th stage
Visualization and mental relaxation.
In this stage as you visualise the images that the instructor describes, your mental body is cleansing and releasing old and unwanted thoughts. Through this process you obtain complete mental clarity.
Now you are ready to enter into a meditative state  and experience total unity.

Last stage
The practice of yoga nidra ends with an image of deep calmness, creating space and making your mind receptive to any positive statement. This is the perfect moment to repeat your “Sankalpa”(check stage 2).

The practice is finished when the instructor asks you to sit up and come back to your conscious state.

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The Health benefits of Yoga Nidra

1. Relief from chronic stress and anxiety
Yoga Nidra brings a deeper level of calmness that can’t be achieved from simple meditation technique.

2. Brings a sense of inner and higher delight into your life.
Though the practice, toxic emotions and thoughts are released, upgrading your wellness level.

3. Helps in cases of depression and addiction
Through the release of traumatic images, experiences and memories the person is able to heal itself and release thyself from co-dependences.

4. Helps with insomnia
The practice of Yoga Nidra calms and balances the nervous system. With the use of visualization and conscious breathing, you release all that keep you awake.

5. Helps in self realization
In order to understand ourselves, we have to observe ourselves in complete silence in a state of total freedom.
Yoga Nidra gives us this opportunity by proving the clear observation and the awakening of our true self.
Unity is available to us through the process of Yoga Nidra.

6.Creates the space for new
By releasing the old, space for new is created!
It is a very powerful and supportive tool in times of change, detoxification or finding a new way to live.

 

Yoga Nidra is a process that combines complete relaxation, immediate release of suppressed emotions and the reprogramming of the mind. Yoga Nidra can assist you by providing harmony and joy to your system.

 

If you are looking for a short-time technique with immediate and multi-level results, Yoga Nidra is the answer.

*It is important that Yoga Nindra is practised under the supervision of a certified instructor.