What is YOGA – NIDRA?
Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep!! Have you heard of this earlier? Yogic Sleep is a concept of pure sleep without any stress. It is intended to induce full body relaxation and state of awareness. Normally a person sleeps in night and has no sound sleep but dreamy. This way he/she doesn’t feel active, fresh and rejuvenated. One feels physically and mentally tired and unstable. Those who face such problems, Yoga Nidra is very helpful. By practicing yoga nidra one feels relaxed and physically, mentally fit.
Method of Practicing Yoga – Nidra
Lie on the back in shavasana posture with eyes close. Lie in such a way that the spine is aligned and feet and arms are at comfortable distance to the sides. Try to concentrate on the breath. Move your attention to the right foot toes one by one. Then sole, ankle and keep attention there for a few seconds while relaxing foot. Gently move attention upto the right knee, right thigh and hip again for a couple of seconds. Be aware of whole right leg. Repeat this process for the left leg. Take attention to all parts of the body such as chest, right shoulder, right arm and right hand, umbilical area, genital area followed by the left shoulder, left arm, left hand and fingers, throat, face and top of the head. Similarly move the attention to heart, it’s blood vessels, valves and hear the heart and lungs sound carefully.
Take a deep breath in, observe the sensations in the body and relax in this still state for a few minutes. Switch on light, instrumental music or some soothing chants before starting yoga nidra. Now slowly become aware of your body and surroundings, turn to left side and keep lying down for a few more minutes. Take your time and slowly sit up and rub both the hands with each other and according to the comfort level, slowly put them on eyes and open gradually.
What are the Benefits of Yoga – Nidra?
1. A Simple Way to Reduce Mental Stress
Yoga-Nidra helps to promote deep rest and relaxation that is not found in the average meditation practice. Yogic sleep when practicing on daily basis can lead to less stress and better health by strengthening the entire nervous system.
2. Way to Find and Learn Yourself
Yoga-Nidra provides a space to know and explore what you want in the moment and during this yogic sleep or yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and have feeling of thing very closely therefore can focus with concentration.
3. Improves Sleep and Combats Insomnia
Lack of sleep leads to stress, depression and weak immune system. Yogic sleep helps to deal with this effectively. Practicing it with rules and regulations surely help to fight insomnia and provide good mental health.
4. Enjoy Life to The Fullest
A regular yoga nidra or yogic sleep practice has all the potential to help you develop, change your daily routines and lifestyle for the better. Over the time, you will be able to see the world differently with joy and pleasure. Even this helps to overcome bad moments easily.
This way, Yoga-Nidra is a meditation practice that helps one to achieve mental health and relaxed body in a very short time of period.
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