However, deep relaxation is something very different.
It quietens the mind and releases physical, emotional and mental tension storege in our body. In a state of deep relaxation, our heart beat and breathing slow down, and our body systems and mind become deeply calm.
Yoga nidra comes from the Indian yoga tradition. The technique could be described as a lying down form of meditation that uses the whole body as a focus of awareness. Practitioners say that with regular practice, yoga nidra, like meditation, can have profound physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.
If you have been to a hatha yoga class, you probably will have practiced yoga nidra at the end of the session. Here we outline how you can achieve deep relaxation and rejuvenation through the practice of yoga nidra.
The theory behind yoga nidra is that it works on something called our body of energy or life force. In India this energy is known as prana, and in China it is called chi. Nearly all spiritual traditions acknowledge the existence of a body of energy that permeates the physical body and is responsible for our health and well being. The aim of acupuncture and all martial arts, for example, is to balance and enhance the flow of life force in your body. Yoga nidra also aims to enhance and balance this energy, it does so in an enjoyable and effortless way that involves no costly equipment or training.
You don't have to attend a yoga class to experience the benefits of this relaxation practice. The Yoga practice and meditation practice can intensify the effect of your yoga nidra - relaxation.
In classic yoga nidra practice, you lie on your back with your arms away from your body, palms turned upwards. Your feet should be hip width apart, with your toes falling outwards. Your eyes remain closed throughout the practice. Make sure that your body is lying symmetrically. It may help if you imagine a centre line running between your navel and throat.
Yoga nidra puts a strong emphasis on the way your body is laying. Practitioners believe your relaxation posture influences your consciousness, and that this supine position prepares you for letting go and helps to balance the flow of life force in your body.
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