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Yoga Nidra, which literally means "sleep of the yogis," is used to prepare both mentally and physically prior to seeking deeper levels of consciousness and awareness through meditation. However Yoga Nidra is also regularly practiced on its own as a daily relaxation technique. Adherents claim that half an hour of Yoga Nidra can replace up to three hours of normal sleep, although its regular use as a sleep substitute is not recommended as the body and mind still require sufficient rest through standard sleep. A child sleeping Sleep is the state of natural rest observed in humans and throughout the animal kingdom, including in all mammals and birds, and in many reptiles, amphibians and fish. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... In biological psychology, awareness describes a human or animals perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event. ... A large statue in Bangalore depicting Shiva meditating Meditation describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. ... A child sleeping Sleep is the state of natural rest observed in humans and throughout the animal kingdom, including in all mammals and birds, and in many reptiles, amphibians and fish. ...

The true sleep of a yogi is a state of consciousness in which the yogi is connected with the Divine energy pervading the whole Cosmos. This energy is beyond space and time, allowing the yogi to possibly see the past, the present and the future. A yogi may also become aware of his past lives. Through Yoga Nidra the yogi can work through Karmas, as this clarity penetrates levels of the subconscious. It is used to help purify the subconscious through use of certain vows known as Shankalpas. Experienced yogis use Yoga Nidra for astral travels and in its highest level it leads to Samadhi. Divinity has a number of related uses in the field of religious belief and study. ... The Ancient and Medieval cosmos as depicted in Peter Apians Cosmographia (Antwerp, 1539). ... For other uses, see Karma (disambiguation). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the musical band of the same name, see Astral Projection (group). ... Samadhi (Sanskrit, lit. ...

Yoga Nidra should not be confused with techniques of autosuggestion, or "autogenous training." Autosuggestion (or autogenous training) is a process by which an individual trains the subconscious mind to believe something, or systematically schematizes the persons own mental associations, usually for a given purpose. ... The term autosuggestion is used for positive or negative physical symptoms explained by the thoughts and beliefs of a person. ...



Yoga Nidra refers to Yogic Sleep. Yoga Nidra has been known for thousands of years by the sages and yogis. Of the three states of consciousness of waking, dreaming and deep sleep, as expounded in the Upanishads, particularly the Mandukya Upanishad, Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad. This is the third of the four levels of consciousness of AUM mantra, relating to the state represented by the M of AUM. The four states are waking, dreaming, sleep, and turiya, the fourth state. The state of Yoga Nidra, conscious deep sleep, is beyond or subtler than the imagery and mental process of the waking and dreaming states. As a state of conscious deep sleep, Yoga Nidra is a universal principle, and is not the exclusive domain of any more recent teachers or traditions. The Upanishads (उपनिषद्, Upanişad) are part of the Hindu Shruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy and are seen as religious instructions by most schools of Hinduism. ... MāndÅ«kya Upanishad is one of the shortest Upanishads, that form the speculative metaphysical parts of the Hindu texts, the Vedas. ... MāndÅ«kya Upanishad is one of the shortest Upanishads, that form the speculative metaphysical parts of the Hindu texts, the Vedas. ...

However certain teachers and lineages do stress yoga nidra more than others, and have more experience with training adepts in the practice. Paramyogeshwar Sri Devpuriji was an early modern proponent, who passed it on to Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji and it was taught to his disciples since 1880. On his journeys to the Himalayas, Sri Devpuriji met, among others, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, who is well known in Europe and conveyed the technique of Yoga Nidra to several Yogis and Swamis, such as Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Janakananda. Swami Rama was another proponent of the practice. Paramyogeshwar Sri Devpuriji, the Guru of Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji, lived until 1942/1943 in his Ashram Kailash in the Abu Mountains of South Rajasthan, Sikar district, India, according to the book Sri Lila-Amrit, the biography of Sri Mahaprabhuji, written by Dharmsamrat Paramhans Swami Madhavananda. ... Bhagwan Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji (November 11, 1828?–December 5, 1963), was a mystic and yogi. ... Perspective view of the Himalayas and Mount Everest as seen from space looking south-south-east from over the Tibetan Plateau. ... Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887-1963), as he is known under his monastic name, was born Kuppuswamy in Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, India. ... River Ganges in Rishikesh Rishikesh (also spelled Hrishikesh) (Hindi: )is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. ... It has been suggested that yogin be merged into this article or section. ... Swami playing the Harmonium Swami is a primarily Hindu honorific, loosely akin to master. It is derived from the Sanskrit language and means owner of oneself, denoting complete mastery over instinctive and lower urges. ... Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati (born 1923), is an important yoga master and guru in both his native India and the West. ... Swami Janakananda was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1939. ...

Swami Satyananda particularly began popularizing the practice about 40 years ago. He drew a connection to the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby Sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part (of the body). Tantra (Sanskrit: तन्त्र weave denoting continuity[1]), tantricism or tantrism is any of several esoteric traditions rooted in the religions of India. ... Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... In Tibet, many Buddhists carve mantras into rocks as a form of devotion. ...

With Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda's and Swami Satyananda's extensive worldwide tourings and teachings, Yoga Nidra gradually spread throughout India, Europe, Australia and the United States and is taught in the system in Satyananda Yoga and Yoga in Daily Life. Swami Rama's teachings on yoga nidra continue to be taught via his Himalaya Institute and several of his non-affiliated students. It has been suggested that Yoga in Daily Life be merged into this article or section. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Satyananda Yoga is a school of yoga founded by Swami Satyananda. ... Yoga in Daily Life by Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda is a comprehensive system of Yoga with a holistic approach to health, like Ayurveda. ...

The form of the Yoga Nidra practice taught by Swami Satyananda includes eight clearly defined stages (Internalisation, Sankalpa, Rotation of Consciousness, Breath Awareness, Manifestation of Opposites, Creative Visualization, Sankalpa, Externalisation) ; some stages of the Yoga Nidra practice deepen pratyahara. Pratyahara is an effect as well as a state which is induced by the withdrawal of awareness from sensory perception. Yoga Nidra is best done as a guided practice, that is, with an experienced yoga teacher who verbally delivers the instructions.

Other active schools training Yoga Nidra Teachers include Yogi Amrit Desai who is currently educating teachers in Amrit Method Yoga Nidra; Richard Miller, PhD Founder and president of the Center for Timeless Being who offers a Yoga Nidra Teacher Training and whose book and accompanying CD Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga has recently been published.


See also

The Bihar School of Yoga is an entity founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in 1964 and is located in Munger (Bihar, India). ... Located near Munger, in Indias Bihar State, Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) is a yoga institute dedicated to the study of yoga in a gurukul environment. ... Swami Satyananda (born in Almorah, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1923), a disciple of Swami Sivananda, is a modern yoga master and guru. ... Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (born 14 February 1960) is the successor of Paramahamsa Satyananda, founder of Satyananda Yoga, who passed on the worldwide coordination of Satyananda Yoga to Swami Niranjanananda in 1988. ... Māndūkya Upanishad is one of the shortest Upanishads, that form the speculative metaphysical parts of the Hindu texts, the Vedas. ...

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