Yoga Nidra is a state of awareness between wakefulness and sleep. Most practitioners, of Yoga Nidra, find with regular practice relief from physical and mental stress, tension in the body, and report feeling more balanced, less fight or flight mode of the nervous system, leading to profound calming of the mind.
Yoga Nidra should be practiced in a comfortable position–using supports if needed, around and under the joints. Tthe body should be kept warm so, wear thick socks add a warm blanket, turn the lights off, and use an eye pillow to help settle the mind and body more easily into stillness.
Remember, It doesn’t matter if you fall asleep during the practice, or you forget the instructions, your body and subconscious will still reap the benefits and rewards. When you notice you are drifting off just come back to the voice…
On a practical level nidras can be practiced at any time of day but don’t practice whilst driving or operating dangerous machinery or equipment. Make sure you have plenty of time to come out of the deep hypnagogic, Nidra state. Fully awaken all the senses of the body before moving on with the rest of your day.
The more you practice the more quickly you will be able to enter the space known as Nidra awareness. Yoga Nidra is to help the practioner develop a gentler, kinder approach to Self and others. To welcome themselves fully as one would a dear friend.
Yoga Nidra allows you to drop into a sleep-like state with relaxed brainwave activity.
Slow alpha waves, and even slower theta waves, producing deep relaxation, with entry points into the subconscious. In this state, you can make a conscious crossover from the logical left brain to the intuitive right brain, connected to the field of conscious pranic intelligence, where intention is carried out spontaneously and effortlessly.
One purpose of yoga and Yoga Nidra is to initiate the integrative process that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the left and right brain hemispheres. Establishing awareness within the Third Eye Center, chidakasha, sets off powerful, integrative forces of homeostasis; the natural balance of polarity. allowing the removal of all surface and subtle tensions, while simultaneously entering a deeply integrated space of communion with the Divine, illuminating the radiant, omnipresent presence of all, One, Source. . . . Om Shanti Shanti Shanti….May all sentient beings and Mother Earth be protected from harm and may ALL be Happy, Free, Healthy and Loved~~xxoo????????
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