Yoga Nidra Meditation The Sleep of the Sages

Yoga Nidra Meditation: The Sleep of the Sages.  A practice that allows you to consciously explore your waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states, as well as the structure of your emotional, mental, and energy bodies.

• Describes the simple Yoga Nidra postures, breathing exercises, and guided meditations, as well as techniques for maintaining awareness during the liminal state preceding sleep.

• Describes how Yoga Nidra enables you to investigate various states of consciousness and any blockages in the emotional, mental, or energy bodies.

• Contains four complete sessions in addition to pointers for creating your own

Yoga Nidra, also known as “conscious sleep yoga,” is an ancient Indian practice that combines deep relaxation with attentive awareness to allow you to explore the states of wakefulness, dream, and deep sleep, as well as your own psyche, consciously. Originating in Hindu, Buddhist, and Tantric philosophy, the practice—which has been dubbed the “sleep of the sages”—focuses on techniques for putting the mind and body to sleep while maintaining conscious awareness. Through Yoga Nidra, you can directly observe and comprehend specific physiological, emotional, and mental processes occurring within yourself, as well as experience profound inner tranquillity, joy, and well-being.

Pierre Bonnasse provides a step-by-step guide to Yoga Nidra and a full range of practices focused on the time of awakening and sleep, but adaptable to any time of day or night. He describes the simple Yoga Nidra postures and includes preparatory techniques that use breath and guided meditations to assist you in becoming an attuned observer of your inner world. The author discusses how to withdraw the senses and maintain awareness in the liminal state preceding sleep, and how all practices in this discipline begin with a phase of relaxation and observation of the breath, followed by immersion in a very subtle awareness of the physical, energy, and mental bodies. He describes how Yoga Nidra sessions enable you to discover “that which is held on to,” which makes it easier to let go and become free of all states and processes. A session may include an examination of various states of consciousness, as well as your senses, desires, and fears. The advanced sessions’ higher states focus on the energy body and its components: the chakras, nadis, and pranavayu, the vital breath, and the body’s autonomic functions.

Bonnasse demonstrates how Yoga Nidra has beneficial, stabilizing, and therapeutic effects on the body, emotions, and thoughts through four complete sessions and pointers for creating your own. It is the optimal method for overcoming stress, anxiety, and the fear of death, which is the root of all other fears. By fusing Indian and Western philosophical ideas, the author demonstrates how sleep can be used to practice a form of yoga that transforms not only our nights, but our entire days.