Sleep is a non negotiable physiological process. You have to have enough sleep to recover, maintain your wellbeing and rid of any by-products that you have accumulated during the day which can be induced by foods, the environment and even mental and physical stress. It's said that a 30-minute yoga nidra practice is equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep, but that doesn't mean that this Yoga nidra now, will be replacing your sleep, it doesn't! It's more of a power nap or used to guide yourself to sleep, and on a deeper level, to know yourself.
We have four main brain waves that any kid or adult will go through. For most of us, these data or insights to our brain waves don't matter. We don't need to know, but it's good to know where you have your brain waves at in different times and situations of the day. This can help you be aware of your rest time during sleep and how to switch to different brain waves to help you maintain sanity of the stress in your environment.
Yog Nidra is a form of yogic sleep. Yogic sleep has been practiced by the sages/ yogis, thousands of years ago, meditating to find themselves and a way to connect to the universal power and energies, to which some people refer to as god. Over the course of falling asleep, brain waves move from the active, thoughtful beta waves (14-40 Hz), then pass through the relaxed, thoughtless state of alpha waves (9-13 Hz), and enter the slowest frequency of deep sleep, delta waves (1-3 Hz). Yoga Nidra guides practitioners into the “hypnagogic state”—the threshold between alpha and theta waves—the knife’s edge where the body “sleeps” while the mind is lucid. In this state of relaxation, you then are able to go inwards and forget the external world leaving you to experience more than just yourself.
What if i fall asleep during the session?
There is nothing wrong with falling asleep as your ears are still feeding the subconscious mind and keeping a memory even whilst you are deep in sleep! Your mind and body keeps aware of whatever is still going on without you having to pay attention to anything making it automatic to receive anything while asleep. There was a case where some cases of patients under anaesthetics for surgery who came into awareness even though the concoction was perfect for those individuals. Yog nidra session is a powerful tool to manifestation and increasing your awareness of what you don't already know and want to know about.
Is Yoga Nidra just a session to sleep?
The question in itself is not factoring how a person sleeps through the phases of brain waves. Yog nidra carefully and slowly allows you to shift your mind and body to awareness of the current state of mental activity and still inertly be aware of everything that happens. It's unlike a hypnosis, where the person is not quite active but under questions and instructions of the clinical hypnotherapist, however in yog nidra the individuals have full control of everything from whenever they want to move, to opening their eyes and observation of themselves. You have full control of whatever you want to do during the session, remember this.
So here it is, with all the above said, are your top 10 benefits(with bonus) for you to decide if you want to try a session today or not!
10 benefits fo Yog Nidra
There is so much more to list down but the top ten benefits of yog nidra is more about what you want to achieve with any meditation process and if this is for you or not, as it is, many of us are uncomfortable with the thought of just lying or sitting down staying lifeless for 30 to 60 minutes. A mere 30 minutes of yog nidra session will leave you rested if you haven't rested deep enough for a while.