As both Yoga Nidra and hypnosis can be used to influence the mind, many people think that Yoga Nidra is a form of hypnosis. But both the practice and the purpose are very different. Although they both begin with the guided relaxation, Yoga Nidra continues in one direction and hypnosis in another.
What is the primary purpose of Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra (also known as yogic sleep) is a powerful technique for controlling your body’s relaxation response. Yoga nidra can be as restorative as sleep, while you remain fully conscious. Giving your mind and body an extra window of deep relaxation offers powerful benefits!
What is the practice of Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required.
What happens in Yoga Nidra?
With yoga nidra, you are lying down and the goal is to move into a deep state of conscious awareness sleep, which is a deeper state of relaxation with awareness.
Can Yoga Nidra replace sleep?
Yoga Nidra, translated as Yogic Sleep is conscious sleep; you are sleeping yet you are conscious. In Yoga Nidra, you do not lose consciousness, yet your entire body, mind and nervous system obtain complete rest through deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra is far superior to ordinary sleep.
What is the best time to do yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra can be practiced at any time, except right after eating, as you may be more inclined to fall asleep then. You may consider practicing in the morning, after asana or meditation, or before you go to sleep.
What happens if you fall asleep during yoga nidra?
Yoga Nidra allows you to drop into a sleep-like state with relaxed brainwave activity. Slow alpha waves, and even slower theta waves, produce deep relaxation and are the entry points to the subconscious.
How long should Yoga Nidra last?
Standard Yoga Nidra sessions last between 15 minutes and 1 hour, although advanced practitioners have been known to practice for much longer. There is some evidence that an hour of Nidra is equivalent to several hours of ordinary sleep.
How often should I do yoga nidra?
Nidra means a relaxed state of mind but when we add awareness to it, it becomes Yoga Nidra. Regular practice (daily to several times per week) is strongly recommended if you want to reap the benefits.
What is the correct pose for Yoga Nidra?
Lying in Savasana with Blankets
The first, and most popular position for yoga nidra is to get into a comfortable savasana position. Savasana, or corpse pose, is a relaxed, reclining position that you’re probably already familiar with, as it is often the last pose in most Western yoga classes.
What does yoga nidra do to your brain?
Yoga Nidra relaxes the practitioner more than other relaxation techniques. Neuropsychology has revealed that yogic sleep has a positive effect on our brain, body and the entire physiology and psychology. It calms the thoughts and improves concentration. It also improves memory and learning ability.
Why is yoga nidra good for beginners?
Yoga Nidra is also known as “yogic sleep” and dates back to the earliest written yogic texts and is beneficial for both the body and the mind. It has been show to increase focus and attention, alleviate sleep issues, tension, anxiety, stress, chronic pain and more.
Does Yoga Nidra really work?
But thankfully for each of us, you don’t just have to rely on my opinion, yoga nidra is a well researched field and its fairly conclusive that yoga nidra really helps reduce anxiety, improve sleep, promote physical healing and support the symptoms of PTSD.
How do you feel after Yoga Nidra?
The benefits of Yoga Nidra
In alpha state Serotonin is released, which helps you to reach a transformational experience of inner calm. From this place fluctuations in the mind start to decrease and you begin to feel more at ease. The body moves into stillness and a deep feeling of tranquillity and relaxation occurs.