Yoga Nidra is a Spiritual technique that originates from the Tantras and is a very important practice for achieving deep levels of relaxation in all the layers of your being. It comes under the Pratyahara (withdrawal from the senses) the fifth limb of the Yoga of Patanjali. In this age, Yoga Nidra technique was rediscovered by Swami Satyananda Saraswati by simplifying it in order to make it available to everyone. Yoga Nidra has been practiced and studied scientifically all over the world and its amazing results confirm its effectiveness in the development and maintenance of a state of peace and relaxation of the mind.
The mind receives inputs from the world through the five senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. This exchange of energy through the senses is what makes us tired and heavy. In Yoga Nidra, the senses are withdrawn step by step into the deeper levels and put in a state of stillness. One of the main characteristics of Yoga Nidra is the systematic rotation of bodily awareness thereby achieving deep relaxation for the physical body and in turn, the mind, the relaxation achieved during an hour of the practice of Yoga Nidra is equal to 20 minutes of sleep and deep relaxation. Through Yoga Nidra one can achieve changing of behaviour, habitual flaws, life goals, perfecting your own abilities, Stimulated Learning, memory and intuition.
During pregnancy also the practice of Yoga Nidra is very useful as it leaves a deep and calming effect on both the mother and the child at a time of great pain and anxiety. The calm and peace achieved in Yoga Nidra is a side effect and is not the aim of it. The aim of the practice is to awakening spiritual awareness through planting seeds of Sankalpa, The eternal resolve for the soul. Yoga Nidra is also a very important practice to support spiritual growth and to deepen the spiritual experience as well as the quality of general experiences in human life.