Yoga Nidra basically means psychic sleep. This kind of psychic sleep helps remove physical, emotional and mental strains very easily and in an effective manner. It also helps focus the mind and remove negative elements.
This can be practiced either during morning after bathing or in the evening after sunset. To perform this psychic sleep, one may spread a bed sheet and lie on it closing both eyes, concentrating on one point or object for 15 to 20 minutes. One can also do a full body scanning by focusing their attention within the body. Starting from feet and move slowly to knees, thighs, stomach, chest, hands, face, eyes, ears and finally the head and the crown chakra. One should not sleep during this process of Yoga Nidra but remain fully focused on certain point or object.
How to do Yoga Nidra?
Before you start to perform yoga Nidra meditation, make sure that you are in a silent room.
Put on dim lights and lie down with your back touching the floor. You can lie on a yoga mat if
that makes you feel comfortable.
Take deep breaths and try to concentrate on the center of your forehead between the eyes. Don’t try too hard to concentrate. Begin first by concentrating on your breath before moving over to the forehead. You need to talk deep breath initially and then back to normal.
Yoga Nidra also know as the yoga sleeping technique will take you to a very deep level of relaxation. Bringing your body back to normal state instantly is not advisable as it might shock some people. So make it 100% sure that your surroundings are disturbance free. Bring your body back to normal by practicing the breathing technique.
If you have difficulty concentrating then you can consider listening to a guided meditation. There are many free guided meditations you can find on YouTube. Here’s a really good one by Lizzy Hill: