Yoga Nidra is the traditional tantric practice of deep, conscious relaxation that was formally adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It is a meditation technique used for effectively imprinting new patterns on the mind and body, harmonizing the deeper unconscious states of the mind and awakening one’s inner potential. Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, we can induce a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This takes the mind into a hypnagogic state, the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, where contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occur spontaneously. This occurs by turning away from outer experiences, then shifting the consciousness to function at a deeper level of inner awareness. Through this practice of pratyahara—withdrawal of sense organs—the mind becomes one-pointed by concentrating on the auditory channel through a sequence of a guided meditation. Here, the focus in on the receptivity of consciousness which becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways making impressions on the mind and body much greater and more powerful. This transformative practice works at the deepest levels to release tensions, old patterns, conditioning, and self-limiting beliefs.
The science of Yoga Nidra is used to heal a variety of disorders including stress and depression. It also proves effective in aiding in the management of psychosomatic disorders, hypertension, asthma, and in relieving pain. Through the technique of re-imprinting the mind, Yoga Nidra works as a transformative practice that allows one to disengage from restrictive physical, mental, and emotional patterning and eliminate undesirable, long standing behaviors and acquired conditioning.
“Now, go within, into a state which you may compare to a state of waking sleep, in which you are aware of yourself, but not of the world. In that state you will know, without the least trace of doubt, that at the root of your being you are free and happy.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj