Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep. In this lies the secret of self healing. Yoga Nidra is a pratyahara technique in which the distractions of the mind are contained and the mind is relaxed. -Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga nidra, which is derived by the tantras, is a powerful technique in which the person learns to relax consciously. Yoga nidra is a state of the dynamic sleep which induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. During the practice of yoga nidra one turns inwards and appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. By separating the consciousness from sleep and everything related to senses and physical awareness, the consciousness becomes powerful. For this reason yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, there is a spontaneous contact occurring between the conscious and unconscious dimension. That is why yoga nidra can be utilized not only as a means of relaxation but also in order to evolve the mind.
The form of yoga nidra we apply is devised by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. This yoga nidra can be beneficial to people of any religion, culture or age suffering from any type of disease.
Most diseases nowadays have psychosomatic origins. This means that the real problem of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, migraine, asthma, ulcers, digestive disorders and skin diseases does not lie in the body but in the way the person feels and thinks. Thus the real cause of many diseases is actually tension and stress, and that is the reason why modern medicine has been trying to tackle these problems in many ways but has failed to deliver the necessary health to patients. Through the practice of yoga nidra the person is not only relaxing, releasing tensions and gaining peace of mind, but also restructuring and reforming the whole personality from within, burning the whole tendencies and habits. Thus, yoga nidra helps in spontaneously restoring the psychosomatic imbalance. Yoga nidra is not sleep, is not meditation either. Yoga nidra is so much more.