Yoga Nidra is conscious relaxation technique which brings deep relaxation to the physical, mental and emotional tensions. It is a practice of Pratyahara which aims at controlling the sense organs from their sensory engagements. Yoga Nidra is composed of two terms, Yoga means union or one-pointedness and nidra means the sleep. It is a deep relaxation experience with awareness of the mind. In this experience the mind is alert, focused where as the body is relaxing completely.
Relaxation is an important practice to bring the mind to the state of one pointedness which is prerequisite for any meditative technique. The mind and body complex on account of pairs of opposite experiences various levels of tensions due to the mental and emotional conflicts. Yoga Training Programmes are incorporating this relaxation technique as prelude to the meditation practices.
Applications of Yoga Nidra practice.
The chronic stressful conditions bring various psycho-physiological changes in the body such as altered intestinal motility leading to the disturbances like constipation or diarrhea or biochemical imbalance causing the ulcerative conditions such as peptic ulcer, gastritis or abnormal hormonal secretions such as insulin or thyroid affecting the natural rhythms of the body. The practice of Yoga Nidra is useful in the effective stress management as it is helpful in regulating the cardiorespiratory responses to the stress conditions and preventing the above changes.
In the modern day due to the sedentary and semi-sedentary as well as stressful lifestyle psychosomatic diseases are on the upsurge in recent times. These are originating in the psychic level and their manifestations have been on the body level. Diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Disorders are prevented and managed by the effective practice of Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra practice is useful in improving the healing power and confidence and willpower of the people suffering from various post-traumatic conditions such as road accidents, fractures, and paralytic strokes or in the chronic pain management
The practice of Yoga Nidra boosts the best possible mental health through the training of the senses, which is helpful in the prevention of psychological disorders such as Insomnia, drug addiction, and alcoholism, anxiety neurosis, depression, and frustration. This brings deep level relief to the mind and enhances the capacity to cope with changes during the mental disturbances. This is also used as Rehabilitation tool in various rehabilitative conditions
Many of the research work on the practice of Yoga Nidra has proved the beneficial effects of Yoga Nidra for the correction of behavior and personality issues. It has been a great contribution to the applications of Yoga therapy.