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Monday, September 3, 2012

Just Relax-The practice of Yoga Nidra (rerun)

Written by Indra Singh

This post is part one of a two part article, check in next week for the second part.

The world is certainly changing and lifestyles are not the same as what they used to be. Children are being brought up in a world so full of technology and constant stimulation that it is no wonder that they often find it difficult to find peace.

Over the past ten years there has been a large increase in illness: conditions such as asthma, migraine, diabetes and digestive disorders and more than enough there is no real medical answers to these problems because the main source of these problems lie rooted in the change of ideals. The need for more money, higher paid jobs and materialistic desires all add to the upheaval in our natural rhythms.

Whether you’re a tense person or not it is very rare to live life totally tension free, as somewhere in the body tension will accumulate, we have all experienced that right? – It may be physical, mental or emotional.

Yoga deals with the individual as a whole “the union” of all the body’s systems. If there is tension in one part of the body it will usually affect another area and this can become a vicious circle. When we practice yoga nidra or deep relaxation it affects the body on every level and is more rejuvenating than any amount of sleep. Thirty minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to two hours of deep sleep.

During this time of relaxation, not only does your body relax but with regular practice you can reform your whole personality, release old habits and restructure new more positive tendencies.


There is no better time to start this practice than when you are a child. Once children are open to these techniques they will have the capabilities of being able to deal with the stress and strain of modern life and the pressure it can bring. All that is required is the capacity to listen and be able to follow instructions from the person guiding the practice. Timings can be reduced depending on the age of the child or the length of their attention span.


Quite often it is thought that when we relax we need to divert the mind with distracting activities such as television and computer games. These activities only act as added stimulation to what is already active inside the body and mind. To experience true relaxation it is important to stay consciously aware and this can be achieved through the practice of yoga nidra or deep relaxation.


Yoga nidra and relaxation are achieved by the ability to look inwards and not to be distracted by outside influences, although to do this there is no need for concentration. It is not about allowing yourself to fall asleep but about being on the edge of sleep and wakefulness. By achieving this it is possible to feel complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation…..

Next week we will discuss the actual practice

Indra is a Yoga teacher, mother and writer and has published various articles on the importance of yoga for children and the family.
Her mission is to educate people from the heart; especially children, about the wonders of yoga practice and how it can benefit and balance us on all levels and that learning the basic yoga tools to support everyday living is of vital importance in today’s society.
Find Indra on these websites: indrasinghyoga.comchapatis and potatoeswww.elephantjournal.com
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1 comment:

  1. Lovely - have just been thinking of finding more ways of integrating spiritual practice in my family life, and needing some more yoga relaxation in my day. Look forward to part two! PS I am also a yogi mother and will definitely follow your work!


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