Benefits of Yoga Nidra meditation
Yoga Nidra is deep sleep. Many people mistakenly believe it's twilight sleep, that stage between awake
and dreaming, but it's even deeper than that. It goes beyond the dreaming stage and into a state of
conscious deep sleep. While that sounds like an oxymoron, it's not. It's the third of the four levels of
consciousness where there are no images in the mind. Mental images live in the domain of a waking state,
the first level or the dreaming state, the second level. It is a deep meditation right before the last level, the
turiya, higher consciousness.
You might wonder how you could be awake and yet asleep at the same time. The state is that of
introversion where you look deep into your soul. It allows you to look at past lives and future lives, to
address your karma and cleanse the storehouse consciousness. It is a way to purify the unconscious mind
and commune with divine energy. It is a state of inner awareness. You enter it by remaining in the waking
state of consciousness while mentally moving beyond the thoughts, emotions and images. You go beyond
the dream state while you remain awake. It is not only extremely relaxing, it is a method of purification. It
is the state where astral projection and thought form take place.
Those lucky enough to enter into this state claim that a half hour in this state is like getting three hours of
regular sleep. While yogis don't recommend it as a sleep substitute, it demonstrates how relaxing the
effect is on the body and mind. Since the body uses sleep time to repair, it still needs normal sleep but
Yoga Nidra is one method of relaxation available when sleep time is limited. The most important use,
however is still to commune with the Divine energy of the Universe.
Yoga Nidra brings on serenity, calmness and clarity. It takes your awareness through all the mental states
into stillness where you find insight. It is more than meditation, where you remain in a waking state and
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