Yoga nidra

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Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation.wikipedia
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Lucid dream

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In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one's actual environment.
In Eastern thought, cultivating the dreamer's ability to be aware that he or she is dreaming is central to both the Tibetan Buddhist practice of dream Yoga, and the ancient Indian Hindu practice of Yoga nidra.

Richard Miller (psychologist)

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The western pioneer of yoga as therapy, Richard Miller, has developed the use of Yoga nidra for rehabilitating soldiers in pain, using the Integrative Restoration (iRest) methodology.
He is known for his work on the use of Yoga nidra for rehabilitating soldiers in pain using the iRest methodology.

Satyananda Saraswati

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In modern times, Satyananda Saraswati claimed to have experienced yoga nidra when he was living with his guru Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh.
He invented a technique of yoga-nidra, now known worldwide as Satyananda Yoga Nidra, and defined and codified the different stages of the technique.

Niranjanananda Saraswati

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Satyananda used this technique, along with suggestion, on the child who was to become his successor, Niranjanananda Saraswati, from the age of four.
He began his training at Bihar School of Yoga in India at the age of four through the use of yoga-nidra and practice of other yoga techniques.

Consciousness

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Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation.

Guided meditation

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Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation.

India

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An ancient technique from India, it has now spread worldwide and is also being applied by the US Army to assist soldiers to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

United States Army

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An ancient technique from India, it has now spread worldwide and is also being applied by the US Army to assist soldiers to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posttraumatic stress disorder

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An ancient technique from India, it has now spread worldwide and is also being applied by the US Army to assist soldiers to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Meditation

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This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required.

Pratyahara

pratyāhārapratyahara'' (sensory withdrawal)with the senses restrained
In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only hearing still connects to any instructions given.

Samadhi

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The goals of both yogic paths, yoga nidra and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.

Prajna (Hinduism)

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Yoga nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, which is called prajna in the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Upanishad

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Yoga nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, which is called prajna in the Mandukya Upanishad.

Upanishads

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It is said that the history of yoga nidra is as old as yoga itself, as the first mention of yoga nidra is in the Upanishads.

Krishna

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Lord Krishna is associated with yoga nidra in the epic Mahabharata:

Mahabharata

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Lord Krishna is associated with yoga nidra in the epic Mahabharata:

Sivananda Saraswati

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In modern times, Satyananda Saraswati claimed to have experienced yoga nidra when he was living with his guru Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh.

Rishikesh

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In modern times, Satyananda Saraswati claimed to have experienced yoga nidra when he was living with his guru Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh.

Tantra

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He explained yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind, suggesting a connection with the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby Sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part (of the bodymind).

Nyasa (ritual)

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He explained yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind, suggesting a connection with the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby Sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part (of the bodymind).

Sanskrit

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He explained yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind, suggesting a connection with the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby Sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part (of the bodymind).

Mantra

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He explained yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind, suggesting a connection with the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby Sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part (of the bodymind).