Trying to stay on top of school with many coinciding deadlines for Assignments, Projects, Presentations, Journal Articles, Outstanding readings, the list is unending, until the Fall Semester ends. Such stress-loads reminds me of the time, when I was teaching Meditation classes at The Studio, Reno. On the suggestion of Charles Witten, an ardent follower of Yoga, a guy took my first class. He just became fond of what I taught and would not mind driving from Carson City every week. One hour to 45 minutes of class was enough to leave him rejuvenated and fresh. Similar feedback was given by my students after their yoga classes in India. Why were they all pleased with this meditation technique? We all go through endless worries and stress every day even without being aware of it. The ongoing stress plagues our ability to relax during normal day hours. For many of us, then sleep seems the only time we can relax our mind and body. And at times, it becomes so hard to relax even in sleep and our body just start adapting stress as norm.
When we don‘t get our dose of sleep, we feel tired, drained out and unable to concentrate on work at hand and we may even hallucinate at times. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Sleep plays important role in our physical and mental health. Nothing can make you more refreshed and energized for a long day ahead than a night of sound and relaxed sleep. There are numerous benefits of a night of good, sound sleep such as its the only time our body repairs the damaged cells and helps increase our concentration and retention power because your mind is relaxed.
Sleep, is amongst the three pillars for health according to Ayurveda; other two being Diet and Abstinence. Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep is an immensely powerful meditation technique and is one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. According to Wikipedia, its like ‘going-to-sleep stage’. It’s the state in which body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required.
The deepest possible paths of deep relaxation is achieved through turning mind and senses inwards, at the same time paying due attention to the any sound disruptions or verbal instructions in the environment.
The guided experience of yoga nidra helps people access their innate ability to self-soothe and calm their nervous system. It directly taps into the parasympathetic nervous system to balance, calm and soothe. Yoga Nidra is a successful therapy for both recent and longstanding psychological disturbances of all kinds, especially high anxiety levels and neurotic behavior patterns.
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