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YOGA NIDRA- THE ART OF RELAXATION

Yoga Nidra means sleep with awareness. It is an effective way of achieving relaxation physically, mentally & emotionally. In fact, a single hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to many hours of normal sleep & much more rejuvenating. Modern medical science accepts that a calm mind can act as curative force for many conditions. These conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, digestive problems of all kinds, arthritis, acute cough & cold ailments and other chronic degenerative conditions.

PREPRATION
Gently lie down on your back in Shavasana posture, legs apart, arms a little away from the body, palms up. If you want to cover yourself with a cotton sheet, you may. Close the eyes gently while adjusting your body. There should be no movement during Yoga Nidra. Try to listen to your heartbeats…Be witness to all the sounds of the surrounding nature…Watch the incoming & outgoing breath for some time consciously… As you breathe in the abdomen is rising and as you breathe out, the abdomen is falling… Feel great comfort, ease & relaxation…

RESOLVE (SANKALAPA)
Before beginning the practice of Yoga Nidra make a short resolve. It is an important stage in Yoga Nidra. Resolve is a determination to become something or to do something in your life. Everyone has desires & ambitions. Sankalpa is a very powerful force not only to fulfil desires but to create strength in your mind & provide a direction for your whole life. For example, you may like to give up any of your habits or you want to practice something new to better yourself. You may resolve that you will remain healthy all your life or that you'll follow the path of Yoga from now onwards. Whatever resolve you make, repeat it three times to yourself thinking that God is witnessing you.

ROTATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Face Be aware of the top of the head… the forehead… both sides of the forehead… the right eyebrow… the left eyebrow… the space between the eyebrows…the right eyelid… the left eyelid… right eyeball… left eyeball… right ear… left ear… right cheek… left cheek…the nose… upper lip… lower lip… & the chin…
Right side Visualize the right hand thumb… index finger…middle finger… ring finger… little finger… feel the tips of the fingers… Be aware of your right palm… wrist… forearm… the right elbow… upper arm… the shoulder… the right chest… right side of the stomach… the thigh of the right leg… its knee…the calf muscles… the ankle… the heel… the sole… the right big toe… the second toe…the third toe… the fourth toe… the fifth toe… the whole right foot.
Left side Now take your consciousness to the left side. Repeat as you did with the right side.
Back Your body is touching the floor… be aware of the points of contact between the body and the floor… Relax your heels… calf muscles… back of the knee… thighs… hips… lower back… upper back… right shoulder… left shoulder… shoulder blades… back of palms… back of the arms… the neck… and the back of the head…

MAJOR PARTS
Now bring your awareness on the main parts of the body. full right foot… left foot… feel both feet together… the right leg… the left leg… both legs together… full right hand… full left hand… feel both hands together… the right arm… the left arm… both arms together… your full back & spine…complete abdomen… chest… & the whole face… face is totally relaxed & peaceful… now feel your whole head & body together. Visualize your body lying down on the floor completely relaxed.

CONCENTRATION ON BREATHING
Now become aware of your natural and normal breath… The breath is coming in and going out freely… you move with the breath fully consciously… Do not force the breath… Be the witness… Concentrate on the abdomen… With each inhalation, it is expanding…with each exhalation, it is sucking in… Now as you are aware of your breath, start counting backwards with each in breath and each out breath as follows: "I am breathing in 27 (or 10); I am breathing out 27 (or 10); I am breathing in 26 (or 9); I am breathing out 26 (or 9); and so on, from 27 (or 10) to 1. Say the words and numbers mentally as you count your breaths. After completing the counts, pause for about 5 minutes if you started counting from 27 & for about three minutes if counting started from 10.

AWARENESS OF SENSATIONS
Be aware of your body & of your sensations. Feel with each inhalation that cool air is entering your nose & the body is becoming more energetic. You are getting strength, power, courage, good health happiness. Feel as with each exhalation, warm air is coming out of your nose & you are releasing all the toxins, stress, ill health, all the weakness from your body. The body is becoming relaxed & feel as you are sinking into the floor.

NATURE VISUALIZATION
Mentally select a place of natural beauty, which you have ever visited and liked, such as a park, a garden, a lawn or a riverside. Feel as if you are mentally present at that place. Take your mind to that place and feel as if you lying at that place and are breathing the air of that environment. Keeping the mind involved with the same environment, feel as you are experiencing & enjoying the same happiness again.

RESOLVE
Repeat your affirmation & resolve mentally three times with total involvement and awareness.

CULMINATION
Unwind all efforts…draw you mind outside…become aware of your breathing…become aware of your surroundings… the room you are in… do not open your eyes… lie quietly until your mind is completely awake and externalized. When you are sure that you are wide awake, turn the body to left side & sit up slowly. Rub your hands, massage the face gently and open your eyes. The practice of Yoga Nidra is now complete.

NOTE
Keep your cell phone & landline phones off or in silent mode during the resting period to avoid distraction.

In case of yoga nidra cassettes or any query, contact
Dr Rita Khanna
Mobile: 09849772485 Ph:-040-65173344
Email: ritukhanna57@hotmail.com

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