Yoga Nidra can be defined as "conscious deep sleep". The Sanskrit word 'Nidra' means "sleep". It is a kind of deep sleep in which you don't loose consciousness while still getting the benefits of deep sleep. Normally, your intellectual mind is operating but when you relax, the sub-conscious levels of mind open up. You get connected to a source of infinite intelligence which can increase your creativity, imagination which is not possible with rational mind. Remember, you sometimes close your eyes when you have to take a tough decision.
Good health essentially depends on the quality of sleep. Normally, when people sleep, they do not forget all their worries, frustrations, failures etc completely. Hence, they never gets deep sleep. Proper rest is not achieved which is essential for working of body and to face the challenges of next day.
Human mind is always engrossed in external activities and does not bother to pay attention to vital organs. Should we choose to activate the inner mind at least once a day and pay proper attention to all the vital organs of our body, we will certainly grow healthier. We will be able to re-strengthen these organs by ensuring a proper circulation of prana shakti available in the body. It is an effective form of mental and physical rest and aids rejuvenation, you will get rid of diseases. Yoga nidra is the effective yoga for stress relief.
Some of you may go into a deep sleep in this state of relaxation. Follow the procedure of awareness returning to your body in the same sequence as mentioned above for relaxing your body. Rub your hands so that they become warm and place your palm on your eyes.
Once a week you can practice a long yoga nidra session for complete relaxation. Here is a link from yogapoint.com to free yoga nidra session of 33 minutes. Lie down in shavasana and listen to the instructions.
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