Sleep is for the weak! We have often heard this and felt the same way. But in the world of Yoga, sleep has its importance. Yoga Nidra or conscious sleep is a way in which the body becomes completely relaxed. This is the middle ground between unconscious sleep and waking up. To achieve this state, guided meditation is used. The Yoga Nidra brings to closer to the alternative reality. The subconscious mind works at full pace during this. There are numerous advantages to this state. There is no limit to its duration. You can do it for 20 minutes or 2 hours, each will give you peace. The benefits will not be sacrificed. They will only multiply if you indulge in regular practice.
The modern lifestyle puts much undue stress on our minds and bodies. The first and foremost thing Yoga Nidra does is relaxation. Both the body and mind are completely free of the world’s worries. It is scientifically proven that being in the sub-conscious state releases more dopamine than the proper sleep. The unconscious mind cannot tend to the brokenness of the soul and body. The repairing is done in this phase.
When we are awake, our mind is continuously processing information. Our bodies also continuously try to meet the physical needs of survival. When we sleep, our bodies go into a dormant state. The energy is mostly conserved. However, during Yoga Nidra, energy flows freely. In a fine state of consciousness, you can feel tingling and itching in various parts of the body. Thus all suffering comes to end here!
In the time when you are not thinking about your surroundings and relations, you can think about yourself. This is the best time to focus on your energy. Yoga Nidra creates an atmosphere where you are secluded from others. The negativity is barricaded from entering your minds. And thus the space of your mind is all yours. In guided meditation, they fill this realm with positive thoughts. You have the opportunity to look beyond what you see every day. Discover yourself and tap into the secret energy resource. Yoga Nidra is a platform where you seek the truth. Know yourself better, and discover the true sources of your happiness.
The best part about Yoga Nidra is that you don’t need any expertise to practice it. Just follow the voice that guides you. Then follow the voice of your subconscious. It knows where to take you. Also, it will help you learn to trust your intuition. Children, teenagers, adults, and elderly people, all can follow Yoga Nidra without any prior learning.
While practicing the conscious sleep, there is no right or wrong way. In the beginning, it will take some time to surrender to the external voice. But as you relax deeper, it will come naturally. Once you are accustomed to it, it will take lesser time to settle into the partial sleep. Control the thoughts trying to penetrate. Provide space only to what you hear. Shavasana is the ideal pose. However, any comfortable position with closed eyes will work just fine. Incorporate Yoga Nidra in daily life and let it work wonders!