Nidra, in Sanskrit, means sleep. Yoga Nidra is a yogic technique that awakens the connection between mind, body, and soul. The practice involves a state of deep sleep while you are still awake. It is an immensely powerful form of meditation. Unlike several other methods that take a lot of dedication and person-hours to learn, this yogic technique falls on the easier side. In other words, it is one of the most natural poses to discover during your yoga teacher training. As a part of the practice, you will rest in the savasana. You will then go through a systematic form of meditation in a five-layer journey of yourself – Pancha Maya kosha. When you come out at the other end, you will certainly feel wholesome.
Discussed below are the comprehensive benefits of yoga Nidra:
Unlike some of the yoga poses like Vinyasa which’s hard to learn and maintain and certainly not for everyone, Yoga Nidra is for everyone. Be it, children or seniors, anyone can learn it quickly. All you need to do is lie down on the floor. If your body restricts you from lying down, you can even do it seated.
Every time you practice Yoga Nidra, you will have a different experience, none of which is incorrect. Even if you fall asleep during your training, your unconscious mind still receives the benefits. There is nothing you can mess up about this practice. It is so simple, and you can even learn it online.
Of, course yoga brings you happiness, but this one is the easiest. Meditation, though a simple pose involves a lot of “foreplay” with clearing your mind, trying to focus, being aware of your breathing, etc. In Yoga Nidra on the other hand, you have to follow the guiding voice, and there is no need for deep thinking. If you are running a tight schedule, you can just practice it for 5 minutes or just before bedtime or even as a power nap at work, and you are on your way. If you have the luxury of time, you can also practice for an hour.
You can find such deep relaxation in this form of yoga that you can’t achieve even in meditation. As you scan your body and breath through the Pancha Maya Kosha, your nervous system will experience a calm. The calming of your nervous system, in turn, leads to de-stressing and thus better health.
The profound relaxation that this practice offers will have you craving for it. While in other traditions of yoga, you need to look for an ambient atmosphere, in yoga Nidra you can find a window for yourself. Not only will you be able to delve deep into yourself but also release emotions that you have been holding onto for a long time. You can come face to face with your emotions and yet not dig deep into it or be overwhelmed. Over time, you can move into more profound practice.
This beautiful form of yoga puts you on the path of freedom, without stressing your body. It helps you eliminate the mental groove –samskara, created by repetitive thought and emotions by integrating all your layers – physical, mental, higher wisdom, energetic and bliss body. It helps you let go and feel liberated. Through consistent practice during your yoga teacher training, you will be able to discover peace in a short time.