Yoga Nidra: The Ultimate Chill Pill for Relaxation!

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    Yoga Nidra, according to experts, may be an excellent practice to incorporate right away into your routine if you’ve been finding it difficult to unplug lately. A little-known yoga technique is growing in popularity as a type of full-body therapy and meditation. This form of guided relaxation helps soothe and calm the body. “Yoga Nidra is a traditional yoga technique that involves a body scan, breath awareness, and visualisation while you’re in savasana. According to yoga instructor Avni Talsania, thirty minutes of yoga nidra has the same therapeutic and healing benefits as two hours of deep sleep.

    The management of hormones, stability of blood sugar levels, and relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are additional benefits of yoga nidra. Sounds grandiose, especially for a practice that only requires resting on your back for 30 minutes. But there is a lot of increasing evidence, she says.

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    Yoga Nidra: What is it?

    Does it resemble deep sleep? Not at all, no. Deep rest, or yoga nidra, is distinct from deep sleep. Yoga instructor Tara Menezes, who is based in Mumbai, says the simplest way to describe it is as conscious slumber. You are conscious of your existence even when you are sleeping. You have reached a mental state where reasoning and analysis have been put on hold. The “hypnagogic state,” or the “knife’s edge” between alpha and theta waves, is where yoga nidra practitioners are guided to enter. In this condition, the body “sleeps,” but the mind is awake. Unlike hypnosis, where the subject is completely passive, this passive/active condition gives access to subconscious memory and repressed events, Talsania continues.

    Meditation works by using repeated stimuli to induce a decreased response, a process psychologists refer to as “habituation. When you pay attention to bodily sensations frequently, you become acclimated to them and can eventually completely forget about them (much as how the initially potent scent of perfume gradually loses its intensity). Talsania compares yoga nidra to creating space for the brain to rewire harmful thought patterns and shake out painful memories, conflicts, and concerns destructive habits.

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    How does one go about doing it?

    Yoga expert Pragya Bhatt offers the following standard instructions while acknowledging that the processes of yoga nidra may differ from instructor to teacher: “Lie down in a cosy position, then focus your attention inside. Make an affirmation or a resolution. (For instance, I am whole, happy, and complete.) Then, direct your attention to other areas of your physical body. “Connect your body to your breath and bring your awareness to your surroundings and outer body,” she advises.

    “Like with any practice of meditation, it is important to transition slowly out of it and take a moment to reflect on how you feel,” advises Talsania. Yoga Nidra is about “conscious relaxation” rather than “conscious exertion. You don’t have to work hard to think. You don’t have to ‘concentrate’ or ‘focus’ on your nose or what a leg is. And you don’t even have to move these body parts. You only need to breathe deeply and softly direct your attention to them, she continues.

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    Yoga Nidra can be extremely overwhelming for beginners since it may trigger memories and experiences, or it can be so soothing that you fall asleep. “Various people experience various things depending on their state of mind at that moment. There is no right or wrong reaction,” says Talsania.

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