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What is Yoga Nidra? – Advantages

The English definition of Yoga Nidra is ‘sleep of the yogis’ or yogic sleep. But, according to the ancient scriptures of Indians, it is defined as the ultimate state which is achieved when an individual becomes one with the Atman or the supreme being or God. According to the belief of Indians, Lord Vishnu (lord of lords), always dwells in yoga nidra on his bed (sesha nagu-1000 headed snake). All this phenomenal world is said to be the dream of the Supreme lord.

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra has been known to the yogis and rushis (sages) for thousands of years. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikh traditions yoga nidra is considered as the highest stage that can be achieved by continuous practice of yoga and meditation. Yoga nidra leads to awareness through different levels of mental process and through a state of insight and supreme stillness. Most importantly, it can be achieved only by persistent practice.

Science Behind Yoga Nidra
We have three states of consciousness – the waking state, the dreaming state and the deep sleep state. According to the Mandukya Upanishad, yoga nidra is referred as Prajna, which is a conscious awareness of third state, the Deep Sleep. While practicing meditation one remains in waking state or consciousness, and focuses the mind leaving behind all the emotions, sensations, thought patterns and images to pass on. But in yoga nidra, you pass the first two states and be awake in the deep sleep state. The whole process can be said in simple words as,

In Yoga Nidra, an individual leaves the waking stage, and goes through dreaming state, then into deep sleep state, and yet remains fully awake.

Advantages of Yoga Nidra

  • Increases the awareness of one in all and all in one (God)
  • Increased morality and unattached work (karma yoga)
  • Deepest of all meditation levels
  • Quietness and clarity
  • Incredible calmness

To know more about the benefits of yoga nidra, read our other article on Yoga Nidra Benefits

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