Yoga Nidra – Easiest meditation technique ever!
What is yoga nidra?
It is a modern yogic practice in which I relax in 30 minutes and can feel better rested than waking in the morning. I listen to a recording or better—a teacher—talking through a meditation.
The best thing about yoga nidra is that it doesn’t matter if you get bored, your mind wanders, or if you even fall asleep! Even if you fall asleep, it still works! In fact, yoga nidra was designed for receiving knowledge during sleep. Knowledge listened to in sleep can be registered in your mind, especially when you reinforce it while you are awake. This can be used to recast your personality.
Nidra is sleep but yoga nidra is not yogic sleep. It is neither awakened state but is on the borderline of sleep and awakened state, like dreaming. It is the space when you are not yet asleep but no longer awake, usually just a fraction of a second long during which you can hear the recording. In yoga nidra, you directly access your subconscious mind by bypassing your intellect, your chattering monkey mind always on during the day (at least in my case!).
In the normal awake state: sense organs –> conscious mind –> brain –> subconscious mind
In yoga nidra: ears–> conscious mind –> subconscious mind
The conscious mind is connected to the outside world of sense organs and stimulus. The brain understands stimulus from the conscious mind and stores it in the subconscious. In your sleep state, your brain is detached from these outside sensors so as to better relax. In yoga nidra, your conscious mind forwards the stimulus directly to your subconscious mind to be stored. In the sleep state, your conscious mind doesn’t forward anything to your subconscious mind. Got that? Basically, yoga nidra is very powerful because when all senses other than your hearing are muted, you really focus just on you hear.
Recasting Personality via Yoga Nidra
What we experience, we store in subconsciousness. With repetition, it becomes a program that affects our behavior. Fixed programs in our subconscious become behavioral patterns, habits, or addictions. There is no logic to the habit; it is just what we do. These can be changed via yoga nidra.
People react differently to the same stimulus because of everyone’s different memories and programs in their subconscious. But they don’t define our personality.
Addictions are programs stored deeply in the mind that is hard to change, almost impossible to change because so deeply rooted. But habits can be easily changed by rewriting subconscious programs via yoga nidra.