By Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500
What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra practice? Known as “sleep of the yogis,” the benefits of yoga nidra go beyond the mental and emotional to the physical. This deep relaxation detaches the mind from any stress or burden experienced mentally, emotionally or physically, while still remaining completely aware and allows the practitioner to open himself/herself to more positive resolves or suggestions, which can be life-changing.
The deep meditation practiced in Yoga Nidra helps with true relaxation, which can lead to better rest when sleeping. Just falling asleep usually is not enough rest for the body and mind, when stress of any type is being experienced. The unconscious mind continues to worry about the cause of this stress, but if Yoga Nidra is practiced, the practitioner can fall into an aware sleep, disconnected from that stress and therefore allowing for true rest.
Improved Holistic Health
Another benefit of this deep relaxation is its power to help with illnesses such as high blood pressure and hypertension, depression, migraine, asthma and insomnia. The breathing exercises of Yoga Nidra, as well as its power to get the body and unconscious mind to totally rest while the conscious mind remains completely aware, can soothe the different stresses put on the mind and the body by a variety of health problems. Additionally, the practice of Yoga Nidra can help with lowering the use of medication as there is natural improvement of these illnesses when Yogic relaxation methods are practiced.
This true relaxation also helps with focus, memory and learning-ability, since the rested mind is able to concentrate better and retain more information during the learning process. The rested practitioner becomes more energetic, ready to encounter new challenges, and face new obstacles. Yoga Nidra practice also enhances mood, since the stress that would, otherwise, cause depression, mood swings and negativity is already dealt with during the meditation practices in Yoga Nidra. The practitioner is full of positive thoughts, optimistic, open to new ideas, and enthusiastic about life.
Since Yoga Nidra practice opens the mind to positive suggestions, it can also help with the elimination of bad habits such as smoking or overeating. It is an excellent way to begin a true transformation into a healthier, positive, stable person. Yoga Nidra practice can be beneficial to people of all ages, as it helps to deal with many different stresses, anxieties and illnesses. Younger yoga practitioners as well as older ones can become more self-assured through the practice of daily meditations.
Discovering Your True Self
Thoughts lead to actions and actions lead to habits. Habits make up your life and legacy. As a result, it’s so key to examine your thoughts. Allow yourself to let go and travel within the different stages of a Yogic sleep process because it’ll show you things you might not have known about yourself.
Some of your innermost desires might be ones that you don’t mind explaining or sharing with a group of people. Within a Yoga Nidra practice, you might find that desires don’t discriminate. The forbidden desires and the ones you don’t really want to share with the world will come to the surface. Whether they’re good or bad, the common denominator is that they’re true. It’s a part of your true self and you have to face this. You may truly desire someone else’s job, child, spouse or financial situation. While this may be embarrassing and considered too taboo to admit, you can admit this and accept it for yourself as your truth. This doesn’t have to always be your truth, but you have to face it if you desire to change it.
Once you’re exposed to the thoughts and desires that might’ve been buried, you know have the chance to face them. Take note of how those thoughts make you feel. Examine what the root cause might be regarding your desires. Yoga Nidra is the catalyst that can get the ball rolling, but you have to be responsible and do the work involved the examination and self-reflection process. Take some time to seriously consider what you’d like the outcome of your life to be. See if those thoughts really line up with your desires. If they do, continue making good decisions and thinking in a positive manner. If they don’t, it’s time to change your thoughts and change your actions so you can change your life.
Releasing Baggage From Your Life
It’s one thing to receive all of the information and know what you need to do. After a refreshing Yoga Nidra practice, you might realize that you have negative feelings pent up toward your parents. This is important to note, but this isn’t the end. You’ve got to figure out a way to resolve the issue in your mind so that you can be free as your true self. That might mean having an honest conversation with your parents. If they’re the combative type, consider writing a letter. If that doesn’t work, talk to a therapist about ways to manage the mental strain it’s taking on your heart.
As you become more intentional about developing and sharing your true self, it’ll breed more authentic encounters and experiences in your life. People will be attracted to you based on who you actually are versus who you pretend to be. So many people struggle with this unfortunate prison that they’ve placed themselves in. As you continue to practice Yoga Nidra and put those revelatory moments to use for your growth, you’ll find that it’s easier to stick with it. As long as you stay dedicated to your personal growth, success, happiness and contentment will find you.
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