Yoga Nidra is a simple yet very effective practice that reduces the effects of stress on the body and mind, providing deep relaxation and rejuvenation. It is often called psychic sleep because it’s as though you are sleeping, yet you remain conscious (aware) at a subtle level.
The main feature of Yoga Nidra is the systematic rotation of consciousness throughout different parts of the body. It may also involve visualisations, awareness of feelings, and awareness of breath.
Yoga Nidra is such a simple practice, yet it has many therapeutic benefits. This is because many diseases arise from tensions in the body and mind. The following disorders are those that respond well to the practice of Yoga Nidra.
- Insomnia (not only can Yoga Nidra help you to get to sleep, but even if you can’t sleep it still gives you the same benefits as sleep. It is said that practicing Yoga Nidra for half an hour gives you the equivalent of 3 hours of sleep)
- Alcoholism and drug addiction
- Severe pain (relieves pain by stimulating the pituitary gland to release its own suppressing chemicals)
- Colitis and peptic ulcers
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
Although you can practice Yoga Nidra yourself – simply scanning through the different body parts it is far more effective if you are guided by someone else, or by a voice on a CD.