What is Nidrâ yoga ?
Dream yoga and conscious sleep, Nidrâ Yoga is rooted in the traditions of Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta, both dating to several thousand years. It presents the organization of the human being in the form of five degrees it will be to discover, study and know intimately to establish themselves in a state of consciousness where more lies no trace of separation, conflict and suffering.
Jagrat, is the waking state in which the individual loses consciousness of its true nature by identifying with the body, in the form and name.
Swapna is the dream state in which the identification is based on the impressions and the mental images which are the result of the memories accumulated during the waking state. Again, the individual remains unaware of his true nature.
Sushupti, is the state of sleep without dreams in which the person no longer aware of anything. It is a state of absence.
Turya whose proceed the first three, and which can be discovered through the Nidra Yoga. It is the state in which the true nature of the individual’s identity without objects is perceived, generally in a rapid and unpredictable way.
This is what the yoga tradition called Samadhi or natural state of universal consciousness.
Turyatita, which is the permanent establishment in that consciousness without objects, is the result of the repetition of multiple incursions in the state of Turya, totally autonomous and independent of personal will.
Nidrâ Yoga proposal is to travel in complete lucidity that journey going from oblivion to self-presence. It is situated in a gradual approach to awareness of all processes holding the sensation of being alive. Very paradoxically, this awareness can only be imposed in a state of deep “letting go.”
The practice of Nidrâ Yoga consists of a range of highly codified exercises to visit the various functions that organize the human being.
It relies on two fundamental approaches that are very deep conscious relaxation and penetrating concentration without tension.
Many exercises are used, encouraging and enabling:
- Deep relaxation of the body anatomical, physiological, bone and nervous,
- Mental relaxation and recognition of patterns of organization of thought,
- Aware of the different types of dreams and energies which they proceed,
- Relation to the archetypes and their influences on the dream and waking,
- Perception and development of the energy body,
- Using mental imagery to expand the powers of perception,
- Development of sensory faculties,
- Dosing will and mental silence,
- Relationship to death.
One might call the Nidrâ Yoga, a yoga without precisely postures, because there is no physical work in a strict sense. This is only deepen the different levels of relaxation and degrees of concentration.
That said, as we have a body, we must place it in a position! Concretely, deep relaxation part (sithilîkarana) takes place lying on a thick carpet and penetrating concentration part (Dharana) is sitting on a cushion. In its advanced stage, the Nidrâ Yoga practice is in sitting posture or walking. As for the self-study part (svadhyaya), involving various types of dialogue (indoor, two, three and group), it is carried down with precise instructions.
This is a particular exercise where you learn to seek alone or with others a passage between speaking and experience, between mental clarity and a intense perception of reality.
A spiritual approach
Which affirmed the Nidrâ Yoga is very simple: there is in us a state of joy and fulfillment whose nature is beauty and love.
That reality is not a theoretical principle or a fanciful idea but a fact for each to each to experiment. Obviously individually, but also collectively, this state is not our daily life. Individuals suffer for very many reasons and the community, humanity as such, is also in a huge state of suffering due to our deviant social behavior for centuries; wars being obviously the most absurd behavior that we found to let us in injuries that persist for decades …
The Nidrâ Yoga is a tool that can help us become aware of our conditioning, to free ourselves and stop the flood of sufferings in which humanity is immersed. Because the state of the world is a reflection of our inner world.
The benefit of Nidrâ Yoga
First, it answers the problems associated with excess of tension responsible for insomnia, nervous disorders, general fatigue, irritability, lack of attention.
Secondly, it helps to understand the mental patterns that determine our daily lives to become less dependent.
Thirdly, it is a very powerful way to to connect with a state of peace and silence.
Advancing toward this state almost always involves living inner experiences that are actually a purification of mental congestion. It should not confuse these phenomena and experiments with forms of mental instability. nd the role of the teaching is crucial to allow the student to continue to move towards to that mental clarity, without being slowed down by archaic fears resurfacing in thought. This requires on the part of the instructor sufficient training to prevent slippage.
Finally the Nidrâ Yoga promotes an unlimited opening state, accompanied by a deep feeling of joy. We are then discovered the spiritual dimension of this approach.
Yoga Nidrâ proposal is to travel in complete lucidity that journey from oblivion to self-presence. It is situated in a gradual approach to awareness of all processes holding the sensation of being alive. Very paradoxically, this awareness can only be perceived in a state of deep “letting go.”
The practice of the Nidrâ Yoga is composed of a range of highly codified exercises that visit the various functions that organize the human being.
It relies especially on two fundamental approaches that are very deep conscious relaxation and penetrating concentration without tension.