that works from the subconscious and spirit to the physical body. Yoga is the opposite, working from the physical body to the subconscious and spirit. When both are practiced you work from the outside in, and the inside out; realizing your true peaceful nature more quickly.
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep
It is a guided sleep based meditation usually done lying down but can also be done seated. You are lead through a series of body, breath and awareness techniques dropping you into the state of being. This is a state we go to every night in sleep but we are unconscious and unable to make use of this deeply restorative state.
Unlike typical sleep, in Yoga Nidra you are aware and alert while deeply relaxed. The active ego mind is out of the way as the brain waves slow from beta into the alpha and theta waves. In the deepest level of Yoga Nidra the brain slows into the delta waves. In all of these slower brain waves you consciously access your subconscious where you can make subtle shifts to break your inhibitions, limitations and reactive habit patterns that influence your life.
As you make changes from the internal root cause of stress lodged in the subconscious, the external manifestation in the form of tension and illness naturally dissolves.
Because you consciously connect to your state of being in Yoga Nidra, you maintain a sense of it in the waking state, allowing you to respond to life rather then react to life. You have access to your own source of intuition, creativity, health and abundance.
Yoga Nidra Preparation
Proven benefits of Yoga Nidra are:
Thickens the pre-frontal cortex- which develops resilience and self-regulation
Reduces Cortisol and allows the Amygdala in the brain to heal, reducing it’s anatomic size.
Increases serotonin, which helps to restore mood and memory
Increases GABA which decreases anxiety, depression, muscle tension, and cardiac stress.
Increases melatonin which slows aging and improves sleep
Synchronizes the L/R brain hemispheres which increases mental clarity and balance