Yoga Nidra, conscious sleep to awaken our senses

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September 28, 2020

Nidra yoga, also known as "yogic sleep", "psychic sleep" or "conscious sleep", is derived from the ancient tantric practice Nyasa, which consists of placing mental attention on a where object and subject merge.

The concept of yoga nidra is very old, it comes from the Buddhist and Hindu traditions and has come down to our days from the hand of the master Swami Satyananda Saraswati. The first reference to Yoga Nidra is given in the Mandukya Upanishad, the shortest book of the Upanishads, sacred texts of the Hindu Vedanta doctrine.

Yoga Nidra is a technique for learning to consciously relax. It consists of entering a state of lucid dreaming, the mind is on the border between wakefulness and sleep, remaining conscious in both worlds but without associating with either of them.  The state of relaxation is reached when consciousness is separated from the sensory organs and sleep, at which point the mind becomes very calm and powerful.

A yoga nidra session is a great way to end a yoga class.

Benefits of practising Yoga Nidra

  • It reduces tension, stress and anxiety, which helps to reduce headaches, dizziness, chest pains, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain.
  • It helps to find solutions at key moments as it allows you to balance and adapt emotionally in periods of personal transition.
  • It removes blockages and physical pains by reaching deep meditative states.
  • It relieves discomfort in cases of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia and hypertension.
  • It balances the nervous system and increases the production of endorphins, the happiness hormones, which helps to heal depression and nervous imbalances.
  • It decreases levels of immunosuppressants, noradrenaline and cortisol.
  • It reduces the rhythm of brain waves and harmonises the two hemispheres.
  • One hour of practice is equivalent to four hours of natural sleep.
  • Yoga Nidra not only detoxifies the body, it also helps to release repressed areas of the subconscious.
  • It encourages personal growth through the development and use of the non-analytical mind.
  • It increases learning abilities, memory, intuition, creativity.

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