Yoga Nidra

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Yoga Nidra (or, yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleep.  It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and by following a set of verbal instructions the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world. Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.  This state of consciousness, is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required.  In Yoga Nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), with four of his or her senses internalised and withdrawn; only the sense of hearing connect you to the teacher – in a world of information overload, the Yoga practice of Pratyahara offers us a haven of silence. The goal of Yoga Nidra is a state called Samadhi (state of intense concentration); this practice of relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety.  The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. This practice has been used to help soldiers cope with PTSD.

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