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Yoga Nidra - The Blissful Relaxation

Posted on 10 February, 2016 at 13:25


Yoga Nidra is derived from the tantras, and is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously.  In yoga nidra, sleep is not considered as relaxation.   During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning  at a deeper level of awareness.

Todays modern world offers limited ways to relax consciously, relaxing watching TV or looking at a phone have become a sensory diversion and sometimes,  an aggitation .  Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation .  Muscular tensions are related to  the physical body , the nervous system, and endocrinal system.   Emotional tensions stem from various repressed emotions and can become deeply rooted.  Mental tension is the result of excessive mental activity, the accummulated tensions on the mental plane.  These inner tensions of the individual contribute to the collective tensions in the world and can manifest in many disharmonies in our world.  The Yogic texts all state that peace can only be found within, never without.

The intuitions received in yoga nidra enable one to find within himself or herself the answer to all problems.  One`s true nature and integrity manifest.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati Says -


Most people sleep without resolving their tensions, this is termed nidra.  Nidra means sleep, no matter what or why, but yoga nidra means sleep after throwing off the burdens, it is of a blissful, higher quality altogether.

When awareness is seperate and distict from the vrittis, when waking, dream and deep sleep pass like clouds, yet awareness of Atma remains, this is the experience of total relaxation.

Relaxation does not mean sleep.  Relaxation means to be blissfully happy, it has no end.  I call bliss absolute relaxation : sleep is a different matter.  Sleep gives only the mind and senses relaxation, bliss relaxes, the atma, the inner self ; that is why, in tantra, yoga nidra is the doorway to samadhi.

 

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