Our brains have a remarkable ability to stay engaged with the multiple ideas and issues that arise from our daily activities. The majority of us continue to experience tension over our unresolved challenges. When it is time to bed at the end of the day, we are carrying those issues with us.

The difficulties from the day before are still there when we wake up the following morning. By the time the day is complete, other troubles have only added up in the pile. This situation ultimately leads to us burdening ourselves to the point of breaking where we begin to lose focus and direction.

Yoga teaches us to let go without giving up so that life doesn’t become a burden to us. Yoga Nidra is one extremely successful method used by several yoga instructors to help soul relaxation.


What is Yoga Nidra?


Nidra refers to regular, everyday sleep that we are all familiar with. When we go asleep without releasing our stress as before described, we enter this state. Yoga Nidra, on the other hand, refers to sleeping after letting all of our problems go. The quality of the sleep is delightful. Yoga Nidra, which also goes by the names “yogic sleep” and “sleep with awareness”. Enables profound physiological and psychological relaxation.

Yoga Nidra causes total body relaxation. Allowing our conscious minds to unwind and our subconscious and unconscious minds to arise. In Yoga Nidra, we recreate the natural functioning of our body, its senses, and mind. While also awakening a new sense that solely perceives wholeness, tranquillity, and well-being.

Aim of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra gives balance to each and every level of our being, be it mental, muscular, emotional, or spiritual, and that is when true relaxation occurs. As each stage of the sessions advances, we will be methodically guided through each layer, or “Kosha,” of our existence.


The Stages of Yoga Nidra and their effects on us are:


Stage 1 | Settling or Initial Relaxation: This is the stage where the body begins to settle, and relax. Become more aware of itself and its surroundings, and then settle and concentrate on the breath. Moving from a coarse, exterior awareness to a more subtle, inside awareness is what this stage is all about. The practitioner starts to close in on himself.

Stage 2 | Intention, Sankalpa: We must plan a compact declaration based on our heart’s greatest desire at the Sankalpa. This phase helps in mental training gives us direction, and reshapes our personalities. A Sankalpa is a brief declaration that can be both extremely general and quite particular. anything we really want to accomplish. We mentally repeat our “Sankalp” or “resolve” a few times while having complete trust and conviction.


Stage 3 | Rotation of consciousness or rotation of the body: Our awareness is currently moving across the entire body. Keep up with the teacher’s voice; don’t fall behind or speak too quickly. It is yet another crucial stage, so it is crucial to stay alert, pay attention to the directions, and carefully comply with them. The entire body is gradually relaxed as a result.


Level 4 | Breath and Energy Awareness: This stage focuses solely on the breath and its awareness. Occasionally counting it, essentially keeping it extremely constant. A deeper level of relaxation, we get at this stage, also awakens higher energies that can follow every section of the body. It focuses on your internal feelings, internal energy centers, and the breaths that you inhale and exhale.


Stage 5 |Sense Perception: This stage will help you encounter opposing feelings or emotions. Without passing judgment or reacting emotionally. Activating the brain’s opposing hemispheres, can strengthen willpower and promote emotional relaxation.


Stage 6 | Visualization: By jogging the memory and clearing out upsetting content. This stage encourages mental relaxation. Visualization of a wide range of various images is used to accomplish this. The images presented must be visualized in your head. You must maintain your visualizing skills.


Stage 7 | Sankalpa: This is where we reaffirm the “resolve” we made at the start of the Yoga Nidra session. This will help us remember the commitment we made. This commitment to ourselves will be deeply ingrained in the subconscious mind. Which will now be reminding us frequently to help our determination become a reality.


Stage 8 | Externalization: If we exit Yoga Nidra too quickly, we risk feeling confused and disoriented. This is why externalization is a crucial stage of the practice. In order to gradually awaken from this transitional condition between sleep and consciousness. The practitioner must focus on their breathing, bodily awareness, location in the room and outside.

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