What is Yoga ‘Nidra’?
Yoga Nidra, also commonly known as ‘Yogi Sleep’ is a sleep-like state in during which yogis believe to experience during their meditations. Nidra literally means 'sleep'. Yoga Nidra gives us a chance to experience an out of body experience.
Health Benefits of Yoga Nidra
- It reduces the development of negative thoughts, feelings and outbursts.
- It improves quality of sleep and cures sleeping disorders such as Insomnia
- It prevents the occurence of stress related disorders including; depression, hypertension, digestive problems, asthma, etc.
- Yoga Nidra is so relaxing that doctors prescribe Yoga Nidra as a preventative and curative therapy in psychosomatic disorders
- Practicing Yoga Nidra shifts pressures from the coronary system.
- It sends out positive signals in the brain - promotes happy thoughts and feelings.
Health Concerns – Just To Be On The Safe Side
Even though practicing Yoga Nidra has the ability to provide the same effect of actually sleeping for 3 to 4 hours, you must not overdo it. This means that you are NOT to substitute Yogic Sleep with actual sleep. Our body and our brain need some quality shut eye to function normally and to carry out daily tasks.
Background Of Yoga Nidra
Param Yogeshwar Sri Devpuriji was known as a spiritual master in India and developed Yoga Nidra. The history of Yoga Nidra practices date back to the Hindu text, the Upanishads, The Upanishads, considered one of the classics of Indian mysticism, are a collection of texts, dating back thousands of years but the practice of Yoga Nidra was actually formulated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.