Yoga Nidra : When to Practise Yoga Nidra

Monday, November 30, 2009

When to Practise Yoga Nidra

Swami Janakananda suggests that it is highly beneficial to practise Yoga Nidra when we are
exhausted from work. As it brings us into such a deep state of relaxation, it will be more
effective than a normal nap. We will “awake” feeling more refreshed, and are afterwards able
to get more from our leisure time. He also suggests its use by those who suffer from insomnia
or are dependent on sleeping pills. Studies conducted by the Scandinavian Yoga and
Meditation School have shown that Yoga Nidra can improve sleep, especially when practised
during the day. However, it can also be done at bedtime. (Janakananda 1983)

Swami Janakananda advises against doing Yoga Nidra right after a heavy meal or drinking
coffee. To strengthen the effect of Yoga Nidra, he recommends using the exercise Tratak,
where one concentrates on the flame of a candle, right before practising Yoga Nidra. If the
practice was to be combined with yoga and breathing exercises, Yoga Nidra should be done
after them. (Janakananda 1983)


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