Yoga Nidra is for mental relaxation and for preparing the mind for yogic discipline. Yoga Nidra, a yogic state, is different from relaxation, it is the deepest state of relaxation where one still maintains full consciousness. It is a ‘sleep’ where relaxation leads one to attain a more blissful state of awareness, a relaxation much more intense than ordinary sleep. This state occurs and those who practice become increasingly aware of their inner world by following verbal instructions.
Yoga Nidra aims to focus the mind to achieve relaxation and increase wellness. Research tells us Yoga Nidra can be used as a therapeutic technique to cure psychological disorders like anxiety, hostility, insomnia etc, and psychosomatic diseases like asthma, coronary heart disease, cancer, hypertension and more. Yoga Nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, which is called the “hypnagogic state” in hypnosis. This is the time between sleep/wake and wake/sleep.
It is said Yoga Nidra is where the body and mind enter a place where the dream state and reality can communicate with each other. One of the primary goals of practicing Yoga Nidra is to understand your purpose for life and gain a higher calling in life. Many using this practice experienced a meditation that’s like dreaming, sleeping and wakefulness combined.
STAGES OF YOGA NIDRA
- Make a resolve or affirmation.
- Rotate your consciousness throughout the physical body
- Bring attention to the breath to connect to the pranic body
- Become aware of sensory input to tap into the mind body
- Direct your attention to the chakras and psychic symbols to connect to the intellectual body
- Repeat your resolve to connect to the bliss body
- Gradually return to your normal level of consciousness, concluding the practice
The other part of the practice that helps individuals feel more in tune with themselves is using a personal intention when meditating.