Yoga Nidra is beneficial for anyone suffering from insomnia, disturbing thoughts, self-criticism, mind chatter, or the inability to relax deeply. Yoga Nidra is also beneficial for anyone desiring to improve their quality of life and re-set/ reprogram their mindset for a more positive one. In other words, the practice of Yoga Nidra helps replace outdated and unproductive beliefs with ones that are supportive and uplifting and heal on a deeper level.
Yoga Nidra means psychic sleep or a state of consciousness on the borderline between sleep and wakefulness. It is a state of inner awareness and contact with the subconscious and higher consciousness. Guided meditation is recommended for the initial stages of the practice. For this reason, it is a good idea, if possible, to seek a guidance of a qualified Yoga and Meditation teacher to help guide you through the practice into a deeper state of consciousness. For his reason, I have recorded a guided Yoga Nidra Meditation, which you can purchase here:
Yoga Nidra brings a state of deep relaxation and can also serve as a preparation for sleep. Most people on the planet do not know how to have a restful sleep. They end up falling asleep while thinking over some problems, worrying about past or future events, putting the body into a state of tension, stress, and anxiety. They wake up feeling lethargic and unrested, snooze their alarm clocks several times, and experience fatigue during the day.
By simply practicing Yoga Nidra regularly, you will gain a higher quality to your sleep. It will help to relax the whole body and mind. The sleep will become deeper and restful, with fewer hours needed for sleep, and you will wake up feeling refreshed, re-energised, rejuvenated, and vibrant.
During the practice of Yoga Nidra, the physical centres of the body become introverted. This is called Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses). When the mind is concentrated on the centre, blood and energy are drawn to it, causing a withdrawal of the senses at that centre. In the deep state of relaxation from daily Yoga Nidra, tension is released, the mind becomes clear, and thoughts become more powerful. In psychic sleep, we tap directly into our inner personality, our core, and change our deep-seated attitudes, beliefs, and values towards ourselves, our lives, and others. Yoga Nidra is a method of going within and has been practiced by yogis since the dawn of time to bring them face to face with their inner self.
Benefits of practicing Yoga Nidra are:
• Entering into a deep state of relaxation
• Improving the quality of sleep
• Releasing tension
• Clearing mental chatter
• Achieving rejuvenation and restoration
• Transforming limited beliefs
• Healing on an energetic level
• Reprogramming the mind
• Improving overall awareness
• Releasing stress and anxiety
• Accessing a higher state of consciousness
• Connecting with Higher Self
• Improving concentration
A resolve or Sankalpa is made during the practice, and it must be extremely important to you, something you would like to manifest in your life. Sankalpa is a short and positive sentence affirmation that is embedded in the subconscious mind. In the state of Yoga Nidra passivity, this kind of resolve is potent and transformative. Yoga Nidra can change your whole life. These resolves will undoubtedly come true if you practice regularly and repeat your Sankalpa with genuine firm conviction. With this powerful method, you can change old habits, attitudes, beliefs, and values that no longer serve you. You can transmute the mind and rid it of any disturbances that were running the programming. Sankalpas can have a spiritual objective, for example, ‘‘I am One with the Universe’’, ‘‘My body is getting healthier every day’’, ‘‘I am always supported and loved’’, or‘‘I live the life of abundance’’. It is essential to repeat Sankalpa several times during the practice of Yoga Nidra for days and days together. You can reflect on your Sankalpa immediately after Yoga Nidra, before opening your eyes.
In Yoga Nidra, the mind must be fully engaged in following the quick instructions. When you are not using Yoga Nidra to sleep, the mind will need to stay acutely alert and aware.
Practice Yoga Nidra while lying down with the head flat on the floor in Savasana. The body is straight, the head is in line, legs slightly apart and arms close to the body, palms of the hands are facing the sky, eyes gently closed. Remaining completely still, the body fully relaxed. Practicing on an empty stomach is recommended with eyes remain closed for the duration of the practice.