WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA?
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is is the state of dynamic sleep, which is induced by a guided meditation. It induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
"Nidra" means sleep and "Yoga" means union.
In Yoga Nidra, you are guided into a meditative state that is something between being awake and being asleep. Yoga Nidra is not about concentration but about shifting your awareness from point to point, from sensation to sensation. In the experience of Yoga Nidra, you may appear asleep, but you are actually functioning at a deeper level of consciousness. In Yoga Nidra the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. This practice gives you space to fall deep into rest, psychic sleep and surrender to its experience moment by moment.
BENEFITS OF YOGA NIDRA
Releases muscular tensions by soothing the nervous system
Reduced stress and anxiety by reducing the fluctuations of the mind "chitta vritti nirodha" (Sutra 1.2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
Increased peace of mind and calmness
Improved waking mindfulness