Yoga Nidra is both a practice and a state of awareness. In the practice, one is guided through a variety of relaxation techniques in order to systematically slow down the mind. As the mind comes to settle, the body is freed to channel all of its energy towards healing itself in whatever way is needed. So long as the mind is active, the state of Yoga Nidra is inaccessible. This is why the guidance of a voice is helpful. By remaining in a state of listening, we obstruct the process of thinking.
The state of Yoga Nidra is one of inner and outer harmony, clarity, wholeness, freedom and bliss, in which we may experience our innate divinity and interconnected nature with all things.
It may be experienced in any position at any time, but in the practice, it is recommended to lay down flat on the floor or Earth, so that the body can surrender fully to gravity. Laying on a flat surface can aid in restoring physical, postural balance. However, the most important thing you can do is to make yourself comfortable in order to minimize mental distractions.
So, if you need to sit in a chair, recliner, or lay on a bed, that is perfectly fine.
Simply do your best to keep the spine long, straight, and at ease.
Immediate effects of Yoga Nidra:
Quickly enter a state of rest and relaxation
Return the nervous system into the parasympathetic state
Quiet the mind and calm disturbing emotions
Give the body some dedicated time to heal and rejuvenate itself
With continued practice, lasting effects may include:
increased self-awareness, fluid creativity, insights to one’s own purpose or calling,
the ability to self-regulate and reprogram body and mind,
and a deeper connection to one’s own experience of God/Source/Truth
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Yoga Nidra is a powerful healing tool and pairs well with every other healing modality and process out there, just like sleep! If available in your area, try listening to Yoga Nidra in a sensory deprivation tank, or “float tank,” for even deeper relaxation and restoration or listen in your headphones during acupuncture or energy work sessions.
If you are laying on the floor, you can rest on top of a couple blankets for added cushion.
Feel free to use a pillow under the head
and a bolster or pillow under the knees to relieve any discomfort in the low back.
Since the body temperature does drop in Yoga Nidra, it may also be beneficial to use a blanket on top of the body.
Try out different positions and discover what works best for you!
If you have a hard time staying awake during the practice, try staying in an upright seated position or do some slow walking or asanas as you listen.
Spontaneous insights, healing, realizations, and visionary states may occur, just as they do through the process of sleep. Remember that whatever does arise, is exactly what you need to heal and release here and now. There is no need to analyze or understand intellectually what unfolds in your inner landscape. No effort or experience is required. Just relax, listen, and settle into the heart as you watch body and mind dissolve into a sense of spaciousness and peace.
You may stop the practice at any time, and come back to it at any time. Unlike hypnosis, you remain in full control throughout the entire experience.
With continued time and practice, one learns to enter and remain in the state of Yoga Nidra, without the guidance of a teacher.
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