Yog Nidra is an ancient yogic practice, originated from the tantra “Nyasa”. Yog Nidra is Yog Nidra and there is no translation for it in any language. Yog Nidra can be understood as psychic sleep or sleep with complete awareness. In modern psychology, it is considered as hypnagogic state of mind when the mind is on the borderline between sleep and being awake. This is the most potential state of mind when the physical body is completely relaxed but the mind is completely aware and awake.
According to the eight limbs of yoga, it is a practice of Pratyahara, the fifth limb. During the practice of Yog Nidra, when the mind is fixed on a center, blood and energy are drawn to it and this causes the withdrawal of the senses at that center. When we practice yog nidra, we achieve this stage by rotating our awareness through all the parts of our body and all the physical centers of the body become introverted. This is Pratyahara.
Yog Nidra is a scientific way to induce relaxation throughout the body. Most of us don’t know how to relax and we consider diversion of senses as relaxation. Relaxation is also a technique and we should learn and apply it sensibly. Yog Nidra is a great help in experiencing a deep state of relaxation and even can be used as preliminary practice to sleep.
You can use Yog Nidra to connect with your inner self also because, in the deep state of relaxation, all the tensions from the mind and body are released. The mind becomes clearer and thoughts are more powerful. You can use this stage for introspection and connect with your inner personality to change your attitude for yourself and others also.
A resolve or Sankalpa is made during the practice of Yog Nidra. Resolves are short sentences of significance to be embedded in the subconscious state of mind. In the state of Yog Nidra passivity, this type of resolves or autosuggestions is very powerful. They can change the whole course of your life if you repeat them with enough conviction. You can change your old habits and cure certain mental illnesses by this method.
Yog Nidra is always practiced in Shavasana and you need an instructor to guide you during the practice of Yog Nidra. You can record the instructions and use them also if you don’t have somebody to guide you.
Yog Nidra is a part of the curriculum of our yoga teacher training programme in Rishikesh. We invite you to explore your inner journey with the help of Yog Nidra in our teacher training programme at Kaivalya Yoga School in Rishikesh.