Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Nidra

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Nidra

Meditation is by far the most powerful form of therapy, not only because we learn how to still and silence the outer layers of our being, but because those few moments of inner silence allow us to experience the perfect joy of our own true nature; the bliss of Self.

In this era of constant sensory stimuli with smart phones and personal computers we do not even know how to relax without bombarding or senses with even more stimuli.

What most of us need is just the chance to become still and experience the perfect serenity of inner peace and silence.

When the mind slows down and eventually becomes perfectly tranquil we experience the bliss of this eternal moment. We experience this moment by observing the living flow of silence. Rather than seeing silence as a vacuum of sorts, learn to see it as a living flow.

It does not matter what particular issues your participants are suffering from, yoga nidra provides the extremely rare opportunity to just become still and serene. In those moments of inner silence relief from the mind, emotions and even physical pain can be found. In fact, just a brief moment of yoga nidra is enough to recharge and revitalize the deepest levels of the psyche.

When we transcend the body and mind while still awake we are left with only the experience of the Self – the perfect bliss of eternal being.

Psychosomatic Illnesses

Psychosomatic illnesses are those physical conditions caused by a mental factor such as stress. When mental factors cause physical symptoms we call these conditions psychosomatic illnesses; examples would be eczema, psoriasis, high blood pressure, ulcers, fibromyalgia, and even heart disease.

However, from the yogic perspective all illnesses and disorders originate in the mind and are stored in the psyche. Yoga nidra provides therapeutic relief by progressively providing your listeners with deeper levels of relaxation on the four outer dimensions of their being.

By staying awake they can relax deeper than when unconscious. By remaining still and relaxed for extended durations of time, the mind relearns how to release nervous tension. Your listeners gradually develop heightened awareness to where they habitually hold nervous tension in the physical body, as well as how they manifest various emotions by restricting certain respiratory muscles. As this awareness matures they are able to transcend these previously unconscious habits off the mat.

The glory of the therapeutic applications of yoga nidra is that it begins a process a releasing and relearning; where the meditator develops Self-mastery over their own nervous system each and every time they practice yoga nidra. Rather than being helpless victim of the mind and its habits, they eventually become its master.

In this sense yoga nidra is truly a great form of Self-therapy and provides therapeutic relief for everyone who listens even those who are not consciously aware of any psycho-emotional issues.

We all have skeletons lurking in the shadows of our inner closets, yoga nidra gives you the chance to remain awake beyond sleep thus bringing the illumination of awareness into the depths of the psyche.

With my ascendant lord in the ninth house you can see that I have always been inclined towards spiritual interests. My first major spiritual awakening occurred at seventeen in which I had visions of past lives as a yogi and saw the ultimate mission and purpose of my soul (my sankalpa) during this life. About seven years later I met my guruji and my Kundalini Shakti was awakened through shaktipat diksha when I was twenty-four. The intense inner awakening that followed led me on many extended journeys through India and South East Asia studying with several great masters, whom trained me in the esoteric teachings of Yoga, Tantra, and Vedanta. With Jupiter in my tenth house (while bringing the strength of five planets from Sagittarius) I have always had a propensity towards teaching. To share these invaluable ancient traditional techniques with you is a tremendous blessing and honor. Hari Om, ~Devatma Saraswati

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