Nidra: yoga that is practiced without moving the body

Nidra yoga is a method that guides the practitioner towards a state of deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation. It is considered a therapeutic technique since it purifies the mind of the person and this generates an impact on all levels of the human being.

Its origin is in the philosophy of tantra and it was Swami Satyananda who updated the system so that it can be adapted to the needs of each person and enriched with other techniques. For example, yoga nidra usually practiced after the physical practice of yoga.

Nidra yoga is performed lying on your back on the mat or yoga mat, with your eyes closed. In this position, the teacher's voice or some recording is followed mentally. The intention of this practice is to reach a state in which The mind remains between sleep and wakefulness.

On that frontier, the mind detaches itself from external stimuli and from one's thoughts, which generates a great purification that allows healing in the different planes of the person. It is called conscious dream because you access the information stored in the subconscious and in the different layers of memory that normally only manifest in dreams, and memories and old traumas are unlocked to be able to work them on the conscious plane.

Nidra yoga offers visualizations with a vast diversity of symbols and archetypes, depending on what you want to work on. Many invoke images of nature, images of one's own physical or energetic body, of the different chakras and colors. They usually last between 25 and 90 minutes.

In this sense, the practice of yoga nidra is ideal to start meditating, since it is the first step to reach the state of meditation: mindfulness is worked on, consciousness is expanded and the gaze is turned towards the inside of oneself.

“You start with the body, to realize what the physical body is, then you discover the energy body, then the mental body all the luggage of ideas, concepts, memories that we have from the past, from there you go to the psychic body, the body of consciousness and intuition, until you reach the core of your essence ”, describes Swami Digambarananda Saraswati, yogi and writer. Thus, this conscious dream practice is also a self discovery trip.

In addition, yoga nidra positively impacts health: promotes the proper functioning of the immune system, regulates the nervous system, reduces blood pressure and eliminates stress. In turn, it strengthens the mind and helps overcome harmful habits to connect with pleasure, intuition and power over one's life.

If you want to practice yoga nidra you can do it with the guidance of a teacher or from your home, listening to guided recordings. It can be practiced daily, ideally on an empty stomach and at the same time.

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Yoga Nidra, the conscious dream – Carmen Rodríguez Hochstrasser