- The art of deep relaxation and conscious sleeping -
At the end of every Yoga class we do the practice of Yoga Nidra. The practice of Yoga Nidra is a systematic and very powerful practice, for relaxation and mental development.
During the practice of Yoga Nidra one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason Yoga Nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously.
"People feel that they are relaxing when they collapse in an easy chair with a cup of coffee, a drink or a cigarette, and read the news paper or switch on the television. But this will never suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation. These are only sensory diversions. True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware. This is Yoga Nidra, the state of dynamic sleep." - Sw. Satyananda Saraswati - "Yoga Nidra - 1976".
Benefits of Yoga Nidra:
- Practising deep relaxation gradually releases all knots of tension; physically, mentally, emotionally and psychically - helps to resolve sleeplessness, insomnia, fatigue and states of stress.
- Accessing subconscious and unconscious dimensions awarely in the state of a relaxed observer opens a channel for the seeds of past impressions to surface and uproot themselves, leaving the mind free and open.
- If the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example to develop the memory, increase knowledge and creativity, or to transform one's nature.
- Yoga Nidra can be applied to increase the process of learning. When the mind is relaxed, receptivity is far greater.
- In states of deep relaxation experiences of bliss can spontaneously arrise.
An important part of the practice of Yoga Nidra is a step called "Sankalpa". The sankalpa is a resolution. This resolution is like a seed. Sankalpa is a seed that you plant deep in your own mind, when the mind is relaxed and very receptive. The conscious awake state is not very receptive because intellect and logic is in operation. Intellect does not accept everything, it also rejects. But the deeper consciousness is not like that. Whatever impressions you plant within the subconscious mind can not be rejected. It will grow and enrich every aspect of your life.
Development of Yoga Nidra:
Yoga Nidra is a practice developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati around the 1960's, after he had a revealing experience where he had, over a period of time, slept near to a place where the chanting of Vedic mantras had taken place. Not knowing this, or the mantras, he had heard them again some time after in a waking state, finding that he somehow knew them but had no idea from where. When he learnt the reason, and understood that, although deep asleep, his self had still been aware to absorb and learn the mantras, he went into a deeper exploration as to the nature of this experience and how to possibly utilize it.
Yoga Nidra is a systematic practice, incorporated by the essence of practices such as "Nyasa" and other traditional Tantric practices, making them and their benefits available to everyone.
Welcome to experience the state of Yoga Nidra.