Have you ever heard about the term 'yogic dream'? It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well, to be honest it absolutely is. Yoga Nidra turned out to be one of my favourite relaxation method I've ever practiced. What is a Yoga Nidra and how does the practice infleunce our mind and body - let's put some spotlight on all benefits it brings along. In a nutshell, Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness that happens during the state of a deep sleep. It is a yogic technique of mental sleep; it brings total relaxation while maintaining a state of total awareness. During practice of Yoga Nidra we’re able to turn our thoughts patterns towards those positive ones for ourselves. It is said that 20-30 minutes session of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to about 3 hours of a deep sleep.
Yoga Nidra is said to be a technique of withdrawing the senses; the separation of body and mind from the external surrounding reality in which the interference of the mind is suppressed, so that the mind is able to rest. This technique has a great transformative effect on the person experiencing it. Though, don’t confuse Yoga Nidra with a hypnosis or esoteric experience, the aim of which is to provide a unique and ecstatic experience. It’s not an escape from the reality and real world. Yoga Nidra is a very helpful method to inspire the process of passive awareness. It's kind of a logical set of physical and mental exercises that lead to a silence and deeper knowledge of oneself; it’s a kind of exercise that is absolutely passive and often is compared to an inner journey towards the observation of everything that currently appears within the body, mind and soul. Its main aim is to obtain the opposite state to voltage; the state of relaxation and well being that for many can be an important step towards development of the individual self and can be understood as a state of inner peace, balance and distance to the surrounding reality.
Relaxation is a way of getting a state of ease. Mutual cooperation between the muscles loosening, nervous system balance and mental calmness that all together have the overall impact on the body. Relaxation in yoga is called Yoga Nidra, which means "mental yogic sleep" - sleep that attempts to control the withdrawal of the world of sensations. Though, it’s not a complete cut off from the outside world but experiencing the boarder externalities and mental world. According to Patanjali, Yoga Nidra is the ability of "turning off" all the receptors; one of the most important techniques for controlling the stimulations from the outside and the observation of what occurs inside the mind and body. The whole practice aims to unleash the psyche from all the tensions and bring the state of peace.
A yoga routine provides a deep restoration to our body and mind. And to make the practice more effective It’s perfect to finish our yoga sequence with a Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep); as Yoga Nidra brings attention to all body parts and relaxes them. Consider it during your next yoga routine and keep in mind the benefits of Yoga Nidra practice that may help you achieve external and internal peace within your body, mind and soul.
may the peace vibe your life