Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation intended to induce a state between waking and sleeping, the threshold between the alpha and theta states of consciousness, sometimes referred to as the razor's edge. Here the body sleeps and the mind is lucid. The usual state of everyday consciousness gives way as the logical, analytical aspect of the mind is suspended, providing increased access to the subconscious mind and greater understanding of one's deeper impulses and drives. Numerous studies have shown that a regular practice of Yoga Nidra may decrease elevated blood pressure and heart rate variability, moderate hormonal irregularities in women, and reduce blood glucose level variations in people with Type 2 Diabetes. In addition, the deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra benefits anxiety, PTSD, and depression, and reduces addictive behavior. In a society focused on external appearances and the illusion of outer gratification these imbalances abound. Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool to return our attention to our deepest Self.
The Benefits of Yoga Nidra
by Nishtha Jane and Dale Kappy