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Yoga Nidra
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What is Yoga Nidra?

It is a state of conscious deep sleep. During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at the deeper level of awareness. It is sleep with a trace of deep awareness. It is a state of mind in between wakefulness and dream. Normally when we sleep, we loose track of our self and cannot utilize this capacity of mind. Yoga nidra enables the person to be conscious in this state and nurture the seed of great will power, inspire the higher self, and enjoy the vitality of life.


The Holistic Technique for Relaxation

Most people think that relaxation is simply reclining and closing your eyes. When you are tired you simply go to bed. But unless you are free from muscular, mental and emotional tensions, you are never relaxed. That is the reason why many of us wake up in the morning with a feelings of fatigue, restlessness and inadequate rest. In order to relax completely, the inner tensions, emotions and mind must be released. This complete state of relaxation can be achieved through yoga nidra.


Is Your Mind Tense?

Then there is a possibility is that your stomach is also tense. And if your stomach is tense, your circulatory system is also tense. To save yourself from this vicious cycle of events that causes muscular, emotional and mental unrest, practice Yoga Nidra.


Secret of Transformation

Yoga Nidra restructures and transforms our whole personality form within. With every session of yoga nidra we are actually burning our old samskaras, or habits and tendencies, in order to be born anew. This process is quicker than other systems that work on an external basis. In Yoga Nidra, sowing seeds of change is found in sankalpa, which you make for yourself during each practice. Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as resolve or resolution. It is the most powerful method for reshaping your personality.

The sankalpa takes a form of a short mental statement, which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to autosuggestion. Sankalpa is a determination to become someone or do something in life. It thus has to be made when your mind is completely at rest or peace. Before and after the practice of Yoga Nidra, is ideally the time dedicated to Sankalpa.


Sankalpa Is A Seed Which You Create And Then Sow In The Bed Of Your Mind



When the mind is clear, the seed of sankalpa grows very well. It will then become a powerful directive, for sankalpa needs to be planted with strong willpower. Once the seed of sankalpa is planted deep in the subconscious, it gathers the vast forces of the mind in order to bring about its manifestation.


No Personality Is Beyond Reformation, And No Fear Or Obsession Is So Deep Rooted That It Cannot Be Changed



Yoga Nidra as a Process of Releasing

The mind is not directed here and there during Yoga Nidra. There is no guided imagery, no explanation and no effort whatsoever to be aware of any object, or part of the body or being. Rather you go into state of deep release and letting-go. You invite your attention to go deep into the stillness and silence, in the space between the breaths. There are thoughts in the dreaming mind but we go past that. Your attention has also left the dreaming state of mind, and gone further inward. Here, you completely let go of any words, thoughts, images, impressions or pictures. It is this emptying which takes you to Yoga Nidra.


Yoga Nidra for Stess Relief

Mental stress is the cost humans are paying today for becoming civilized. It is true that some people are more prone to suffer from the effects of stress, but no one is immune to it. Only the threshold varies. It has been seen that urban populations have higher blood pressure levels. A higher standard of living, higher education, and higher incomes are associated with higher levels of stress. Executives, professionals and people working jobs with deadlines are under stress most of the time. It has been noted by Russek & Zohman in a study of coronary patients and an equal number of controls, that job stresses accounted for greater differences between the groups than other risk factors like diet, heredity, obesity, smoking or exercise. In addition to keeping stress out of their lives, Yoga Nidra can make corporate types more efficient by enhancing their creativity, receptivity of knowledge and problem solving skills

Research done by Dr. K.N Udupa of Banaras University suggests that stress-related disorders evolve gradually through four recognizable stages. Firstly psychological changes such as anxiety, irritability and insomnia arise due to over stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. In the second stage there are symptoms such as high blood pressure, elevated heart rate and increased intestinal motility surface. In the third stage, a more profound physical or biochemical imbalance sets in, while in the final fourth stage, irreversible symptoms that often require surgical or long term management appears.

Yoga Nidra is increasingly becoming popular and is now being prescribed by doctors in many countries as a preventive and curative therapy in the first three stages of stress related diseases. In addition, Yoga Nidra is effective in managing psychosomatic disorders that have progressed to an irreversible stage by providing effective symptom relief, treating depression and deep rooted anxiety, and creating the best possible outlook towards the disease. Yoga Nidra being subjectively oriented and internally directed, comes as a great savior for to many. The ultimate objective of Yoga Nidra goes far beyond rectifying the imbalances created in the body by poor stress management. It lies in actually teaching the sufferer to thrive on the same difficulties, positively utilizing tension as a stepping stone to greater awareness.


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