In recent years, Yoga Nidra has remained a hot topic due to its approach towards sleep and relaxation. It is one of the aspects of yoga which are not widely known yet. Generally, it is combined with meditation and yoga to achieve its goal.
Though the word Nidra means sleep, Yoga Nidra does not mean sleeping while doing yoga. It may sound like fun but this is not the case. Yes… Of Course not!!!! To know more about it let us go through the following sections.
What Is Yoga Nidra?
In simple terms, Yoga Nidra, loosely translated as Yogic Sleep is a technique that put a body into a deep relaxation mode while our brain remains aware and awake. It is like arriving at the edge of being asleep and awake. Due to this reason, it is also known as the technique of Conscious Sleep. As the term Conscious Sleep suggests, the body is asleep and relaxed whereas the mind is conscious and alert. It is like practicing meditation but more profoundly and intensively.
How Yoga Nidra Functions?
The brain wave activities are altered in order to perform Yoga Nidra. Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta are four levels that help in the transitions from one state to another. The transition is usually done to attain Hypnagogia that creates a changed state of consciousness that helps in sleeping well, being more focused and relaxed. The transition during the process happens consciously. Initially, only beta and alpha wave commotions occur but with regular practice and skill, theta and delta wave commotions can be accessed. It helps in attaining superconsciousness.
What are the Benefits of Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra has several benefits that help immensely in one’s life. It is one of the best ways to cope up with mental and psychological problems. It sets body and mind in a way that helps to eradicate the negativity that lies within a being. Let us have a look at a few benefits.
- It reduces stress, anxiety and gives a better sleeping experience.
- It rejuvenates the body, calms the mind, and helps in depression and low blood pressures.
- It is helpful for diabetic patients too as it stabilizes blood glucose levels in the body.
- It is also quite helpful for insomniac people as it is said that, a 30-minute sleep feels like a two hours sleep. However, a natural sleep cannot be replaced by it but it helps in body and mind relaxation.
- It is found to be immensely useful in maintaining the sobriety of addicts.
- It is also known to help in taking care of one’s psychological well being.
What should you know before practicing?
By now, you must have understood that Yoga Nidra is not your regular yoga. It is quite different and yet inclusive to yoga. There are some specifics that you should know about before you start practicing it.
- It is believed that Yoga Nidra is a kind of meditation which might be partly true. It is because meditation is not a solitary element in Yoga Nidra. Meditation and yoga are put together in it to achieve a desirable state.
- It is not any supernatural thing that a practitioner experiences a 30-minute sleep like a two hours sleep. It is just the alteration in brain waves actions that make you feel that way. Of course, regular practice helps you to attain different levels of experience.
- Yoga Nidra is just a state of mind. It cannot be considered as a substitute or alternative for natural sleep. Natural sleep is equally important.
- There is no compulsion to be a good or regular yoga practitioner to practice Yoga Nidra. A novice can do it too with regular practice and determination.
If you are absolutely impressed by this practice through just reading about it… Well, I was too!!!.. then you should definitely attempt it in order to have an amazing experience.