By Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 250
A person may have the desire to restore balance, alignment and an ultimate sense of well-being by learning how to practice Yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is the modern concept of the ancient, more traditional practices that have evolved through time into a very interesting, slightly different, slightly newer state of the art.
Essentially it is the practice of sleeping in a waking state. In this state one is able to internally shift and realign the nervous system, the spine, the emotions, and mind. It is a time when great negativity can be released in order to create the desired healing effect from the practice of Yoga.
There are a variety of ways to attain this state of sleeping that become very personal experiences and preferences for the practitioner. To some schools of thought, sitting in the Yoga position (Sukasana) with knees outward, spine straight and hands in a deliberate stance of prayer are essential to full success of the Yoga session.
However, there are several relaxing asanas and a variety of ways to attain the necessary quiet for the sleeping-waking state to occur. Quiet may be defined as the time when mind chatter ceases. A true sense of quiet can be very difficult for certain people to discover. Others are able to find that quiet, still place within very easily.
It can be helpful to play quality, classical music or whatever sounds vibrate for the new practitioner who is having difficulty finding that quiet place within. The focus becomes the music and the self-imposed, pre-defined healing that the practitioner desires. Enjoy the relaxing music, appreciate the moment, and mind chatter will sink into the background.
The mind chatter seems to quickly and magically cease when this is done. This technique can be used for as many sessions as it takes, until the mind is prepared to try find that true state of silence, or that place and space of no sound. In this space, the human “doer” becomes the human “being,” with the spiritual nature of the practitioner being highly accentuated.
The real beauty of this practice lies in the acquisition of power through self-actualization. Hypnotism gives power away to the hypnotist. Yoga nidra or self-guided meditation is a wonderful way that allows for the individual’s sense of power and the actual power energy of the person to increase.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderful way to relax the mind; it is a more relaxing than sleep; it is the place of true reality; it is here that we as humans become all-knowing and have no feelings of judgment. Practicing Yoga nidra once or twice daily will create longevity.
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