Waking dream yoga
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is called psychic sleep, or relaxation with inner awareness. In this intermediate state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the conscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached when the mind turns inward, moving away from external experience.
If consciousness can be separated from external experience and sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in various ways, for example: to develop memory, reduce stress, increase awareness, inner harmony and creativity, or transform one's own. nature, eliminating harmful behavior patterns.
In Patanjali's Raja Yoga, there is a state known as Pratyahara, in which the mind and perception are dissociated from the sensory channels. Yoga Nidra is an aspect of Pratyahara that leads to higher states of concentration and Samadhi, that is, the goal of Yoga, that state of full existence, full happiness, and full wisdom.
The Yoga Nidra visualization process enables us to clear the samskaras of the mind that condition our thoughts and life experience and force us to act in a certain way. We have mental impressions that are recorded in our cells due to past experiences of this and other lives. And often they are the cause of stress, mental disturbance and disease.
Yoga Nidra is a more efficient and effective form of psychic and sociological rest and rejuvenation than conventional sleep. A single hour of Yoga Nidra generates a rest equivalent to four hours of conventional sleep. This is one of the secrets of the super human efficiency and energy of the great yogis, past and present, who have managed to achieve so much in a short period of life.
Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, we are not only relaxing, but we are restructuring and reforming our entire inner personality, burning old habits and tendencies.