The exact origins of Yoga Nidra are somewhat obscure… the practice is mentioned in various ancient texts, making it an integral part of India’s spiritual heritage.
The earliest references to Yoga Nidra can be found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, dating back to around 200 BCE. In it, they emphasize the importance of mastering the mind and achieving a state of self-realization.
1000’s of Years Ago…
Yoga Nidra is mentioned in a collection of ancient Indian texts called the Upanishads. The Mandukya Upanishad, written somewhere around 500 BCE, alludes to the state-of-consciousness where the individual transcends the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states… hinting at the essence of Yoga Nidra.
Also the concept of ‘Nyasa’ as a ‘mental touch’ in Yoga involves the systematic placement of awareness onto different parts of the body… which bears a resemblance to the rotation of consciousness sometimes used in Yoga Nidra.
A Fourth State of Consciousness…
A state of pure awareness. Transcending limitations of the mind, providing a deeper understanding of reality and the self. Beyond the normal three states of consciousness experienced in our daily lives: waking, dreaming, and dreamless sleep.
This state of pure consciousness is often likened to the state experienced during Yoga Nidra… where you remain lucid while experiencing extremely deep relaxation…
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Inducing a unique Altered State of Consciousness, one that lies between wakefulness and sleep. It is a state where’ the mind becomes highly receptive, yet one experiences a waking sleep similar to the ‘hypnagogic state’… that transitional period before falling asleep, or upon waking up… in which your sensory perceptions can be experienced and understood in an entirely different ways.
This practice offers a profound journey within, promoting relaxation and heightened awareness, leading to improved well-being and self-discovery. Just some of the benefits include: stress reduction and emotional healing, enhanced creativity and intuition, access to subconscious wisdom, and the potential for self-realization.
Yoga Nidra and Brainwaves…
During Yoga Nidra most people experience a shift in brainwave activity, an increase in Alpha and Theta brainwave frequencies. As you relax deeply and enter an altered state of conscious awareness, the brainwave patterns slow down, shifting from typically Beta to Alpha, and with more practice into Theta states.
Yoga Nidra and Hypnosis
While they have different origins, they have overlapping intentions and also utilize similar techniques to access the subconscious mind and promote positive changes in individuals.
Both induce altered states of consciousness through deep relaxation, allowing access to the subconscious mind. In Yoga Nidra relaxation is achieved through systematic body relaxation and breath awareness, while hypnosis employs progressive relaxation techniques… both very similar.
Both techniques offer therapeutic benefits; with Yoga Nidra focusing on spiritual growth and self-awareness, and hypnosis primarily serving therapeutic goals.
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Yoga Nidra and Ego Death
Ego Death refers to an experience where the individual’s sense of self identity and individuality dissolves… or undergoes a profound transformation. This phenomenon is often associated with spiritual or psychedelic experiences. The boundaries between self and the external world seem to blur or completely disappear.
Ego Death is characterized by a sense of interconnectedness with all things, a loss of the usual sense of time and space, and a feeling of oneness or unity with the universe. Experiencing a sense of detachment from the usual sense of self, thoughts and external identity. This can cause the release of ‘Egoic Patterns’ (what you see in others, you can see within your self) and conditioned responses… allowing for a more expansive and liberating experience of consciousness.
Benefits to Health
Yoga Nidra positively influences the autonomic nervous system, particularly the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for the body’s rest-and-digest response. Research has shown that the practice stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. Leading to a reduction in heart-rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate… promoting a profound sense of calm and rejuvenation.
Standing at the crossroads of ancient wisdom and modern science… rooted in the ancient spiritual traditions of India, Yoga Nidra provides a gateway to:
the Fourth State of Consciousness… where the ego dissolves and individuals experience unity with the universe.
Through this deep relaxation and heightened awareness, you may gain meta-reprogramming access to the subconscious mind. Resulting in stress reduction, emotional healing, enhanced creativity, self-realization and much more.
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