Most people sleep without resoving their tensions, which is called „nidra“.„Nidra“ means sleep, no matter what or why, however „Yoga Nidra“, means sleep after throwing off the burdens, it is of a more blissful, higher quality.
Experiencing total relaxation is, when awareness is separate and distinct from the constant, and out of control fluctuation of the mind, yet awareness remains.
Relaxation does not mean sleep. Sleep only gives the mind a sense of relaxation.
Relaxation means to be blissfully happy, it has no end.
Bliss relaxes the inner self; and is the doorway to a state of conscious awareness.
Yoga Nidra therefore is a state of conscious deep sleep, which can bring an incredible calmness and clarity.
It is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental processes to a state of supreme stillness and insight.
Yoga Nidra is known to increase memory function to, integrate the brain hemispheres, and to counteract stress.
By counteracting the stress response, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and other physical manifestations can be alleviated.
Being constantly under stress means, that we are permanently in “flight or fight modus”, which is helpful in an acutely dangerous situation, but is harmful if this is our permanent state of being.
Chronic stress leads to a biochemistry, which is out of balance, the cortisol levels are elevated and serotonin levels are decreased.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which helps to keep our moods unter control. It promotes sleep, calms anxiety and relieves depression.
Whereas cortisol is our “stress hormon” and gets secreted during the body´s “fight or flight” response for survival reasons.
If this biochemical markers of stress don´t balance out again, it can lead to disease and psychosocial disorders.
Stress can also affect the onset of, or susceptibility to disease. It can also affect the progression or course of disease, and it can affect one´s recovery.
The use of the Yoga Nidra relaxation method triggers more parasympathetic activity in the nervous system and is therefore associated with therapeutic benefits for
– Psychiatric Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD)
– Asthma (decreases frequency and severity of attacks)
– Colitis (Ulcerativ and Spastic, IBS)
– Peptic Ulcer Disease
– Chronic Pain Management
– Cardiovascular Disease
– Other chronic diseases