Often people confuse Yoga Nidra as a form of cool down that is practiced after postures as a form of mental relaxation. Only half of this information is true. Although mental relaxation forms an evident part of yoga nidra, sleeping in yog nidra is a misconception. Highly condemned, Sataynanada ji, the writer of book- Yoga Nidra, states in that sleeping should be avoided during this practice. The literal translation of Nidra is sleep. He says that it is a form of progressive relaxation and transformative in nature as it takes us into the deeper recesses of our mind. Transcending the world of original, the meditative practice falls into the purview of mystical experiencing where we meet real selves. Rishikesh is considered to be a living heritage of the Vedic wisdom and Yog Nidra finds its true meaning in this spiritual and holy place. Multiple ashrams and schools teach the revered art of yoga nidra in its full form. This also forms an integral part of a yoga teacher training course.
Following the voice of the instructor, the words act as a guide to the practitioner into the metaphysical terrains of his own mind. An encouraging practice to forge a deeper connect with our inner being, this form is like a self hypnosis. Stated in Yog sutras, Yog Nidra forms the basis of Pratyahara, the sixth limb in the eight limbs of Hatha Yoga. The sixth limb is only accessed ideally by mastering all the prior five limbs, but in today’s practice, we undertake the practice of restorative sleeping at any stage. Withdrawing our minds from the external distractions, the practice takes us into the inner realm of our being. We cut the chords for a while from any form of external stimuli. When our brain does not receive any input from outside, it shifts to inner inputs. Touring our mind, we can conquer much more we can imagine with this boon.
Some of the obvious benefits of practicing Yog Nidra in Rishikesh regularly are:
- Mental peace and stress revival
- Increase in memory power
- Enhanced focused and concentration abilities
- Elimination of anxiety and tension
- Improved relationships with self and others
- Increased sixth sense and intuitive powers
- Healing of traumatic incidents in life
- With affirmations achieving the highest pinnacles
- Activation of the sub conscious mind
- Sound sleep and free from body aches
- Clearing any form of chakra blockages
A complete tool for both physical and mental help, Yog Nidra releases any form of negative and blocked energy in our body as well as trapped emotions. These energies and emotions which are causing pain and discomfort in the body when released embark a healing process. Taken up in various stages, the art of Yog Nidra is a detailed science and can be learnt and delivered as a charitable work as well.
Rishikesh is brimming with attuned spiritual masters, endowed on material realm to beat the increased anxiety levels of Earth beings. With this Yogi Prashant emerges as a seraph for those in need of meditation, battle chronic diseases and much more. He is teaching at various places and schools in Rishikesh and excel in his field. Acquiring his education in this field itself, he has lived and worked with various saints and sages to be the best he can be. His classes are full of enthusiastic souls who worship yoga and believe in the power of meditation and spiritual healing.