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Yoga nidra is a wonderful healing visual meditation. Nidra is the state of dynamic sleep; a yoga sleep. Yoga nidra meditation is a profound way of healing the body from the subconscious level, and a way in which you learn to truly relax inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The state of relaxation is reached by turning inward, away from outer experiences.
Yoga nidra is especially advised if you have specific conditions including cancer, asthma, colitis, diabetes and peptic ulcer. These diseases are sometimes complicated by a psycho physiological reaction to emotional insecurity, stress, conflicts, hypersensitivity, rejection, frustration, suppression, personal isolation and other deep seated emotional crises. Yoga nidra may be beneficial to all kinds of diseases. Yoga nidra, is very useful in acute as well as chronic conditions, such as, degenerative and stress-related diseases like hypertension, coronary disease, arthritis, migraine headache, depression, and addictions. If you are suffering from insomnia, then yoga nidra is highly advised.
Yoga nidra has been compared to hypnosis, however, the two have very little in common. In hypnosis one becomes extremely sensitive to external suggestions for therapeutic or other purposes. Yoga nidra, is a means of heightening self-awareness to witness ones own awakening. Yoga nidra therapy leads to the recognitions of underlying psychological factors, and initiates the release of suppressed conflicts.
Many problems today stem from tension. If you can balance your tension, you may be able to control your emotions, anger and passions. Tension accumulates in the muscular, emotional and mental systems. If the mind is tense, chances are the stomach will be tense. When the stomach is tense, it affects the whole circulatory system.
In yoga nidra, the psychosomatic imbalance is restored due to the liberation of nervous energy, which comes from the sensory channel. This energy is redirected for healing and rejuvenation of overused tissues, glands, and organs.
Relaxation is not as simple as just closing your eyes. If you are not free from muscular, mental and emotional tension then you are not fully relaxed. Even when you do fall asleep you are still not relaxed because thoughts and worries revolve in your mind while you are sleeping, that is why you wake up feeling tired.
In yoga nidra you do not sleep. You remain aware through the meditation. One hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to four hours of deep relaxation sleep.
Pleasant dreams. Sat Nam.
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