sleep with a trace of awareness
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique for complete relaxation of physical, mental and emotional layers of oneself. It is state of consciousness in which you are neither asleep, nor awake or dreaming, neither you are concentrating nor being hypnotized rather in a state of deep and complete relaxation.
The practice of Yoga Nidra has shown to produce alpha—relaxing waves in both hemispheres of the brain and alters the state of one’s consciousness. Among many benefits, Yoga Nidra has positive effects on hypertension, coronary diseases, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, stress management and trauma related disorders such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and insomnia by training the mind to remain calm and root out repressed thoughts and desires. A regular practice may also foster creativity, promote learning and improve memory.
My approach to Yoga Nidra is a simplified version of ancient Tantric Kriya(s)—techniques designed by Swami Satyananda of Bihar school (India).
It is practiced in a simple posture Savasana (corpse pose) and follows the verbal instructions of an instructor which include Sankalpa—Resolve, body scan, breath awareness and visualizations.