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Experience Yoga Nidra: Guided deep relaxation [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Swami Janakananda Saraswati
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31 Dec 1996
Two genuine relaxation methods from the Nyasa Tantra, 20 minutes and 45 minutes - and a piece of music. 20 page information booklet included. Swami Janakananda guides you into a deep relaxation of body and mind. He also uses the tantric mantras and visual symbols to awaken and harmonize the chakras. With a background of nature sounds and music. Roop Verma, on sitar, is the first musician to record the chakras' ancient music symbols.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School (31 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9163094886
  • ISBN-13: 978-9163094880
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.4 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I remain very impressed with the CD. I get a lot of solicitations and often do not respond to them because the quality is not always that good. This CD is more than the exception to the rule, hence my enthusiasm. I enjoy it not only because it was produced with quality, but because I can tell from the instructions and the voice guiding it that wisdom and experience, combined with a gentle strength and power, are leading the deep relaxation methods, through Swami Janakananda." Lisa McColley Anderson, Spirit Links, USA --Amazon

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Relaxation is a state. It is best achieved by using a technique that triggers it. During relaxation the blood pressure is normalized, the immune system is strengthened and the brain relaxes. All the organs and senses of the body are rested in a way that sleep seldom provides. Thus the senses are sharpened and you feel invigorated afterwards.

During Yoga Nidra the relaxation is constantly deepened while you follow the instructions and devote yourself to the experience.

The body starts to relax and the mind follows. When the mind relaxes, the relaxation of the body is further deepened. This interaction between body, mind, emotions and psychic energy, is fundamental to yoga. It is a process that is brought about by Yoga Nidra. The Yoga Nidra technique is constructed in such a way that it constantly maintains and develops the relaxation process at all levels of consciousness.

The more familiar you become with Yoga Nidra, the easier it is to relax. As you come to know harmony, you are soon able to recall it instantly, when you need it – in the middle of daily activities.

Yoga Nidra is much more than a deep relaxation, it is a total experience that touches and awakens all parts of your being

– And all you do is to lie completely still on your back with closed eyes, and follow the instructions.

Copyright 1983, 1996 Swami Janakananda, Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School.

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190 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique experience everyone should try! 31 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My Yoga Nidra CD was actually a gift - a well-meaning friend thought I was
getting a bit "frayed at the edges" and needed to relax.
I was slightly sceptical in the beginning. I tend to hold a scientific view of the universe, and suspected this might turn out to be "up in the clouds".
My first thought after coming out of the relaxation was "gosh!" I felt as if I'd rested for hours. Somewhere along the relaxation, my mind had let go of the tense attitude I was in the grip of. After the relaxation I lay there
looking at the things around me for quite a while, almost like a child.
I noticed the effect of this first trial of Yoga Nidra for hours afterwards.
It's hard to describe really; I was definitely more relaxed than usual, but not at all sluggish or slow, quite the opposite.
Of course, after this I started using the relaxation regularly and I am still
doing so. It continually amazes me that such seemingly simple instructions can have such a strong effect. The quality of my sleep has improved greatly since I started using the CD. I used to wake up several times each night but
now find that I can sleep the whole night through, which of course makes a
great difference to my day.
There are two relaxations on the CD, one short version (20 minutes), and one long
(45 minutes). The voice giving instructions is interwoven with music and
various sounds from nature. Before listening to it I would have thought that
this was confusing, or that it would somehow have a hypnotic effect, but I
find that the other sound effects enhance the instructions in a very
balanced and harmonious way.
I strongly recommend anyone who wants to relax and "recharge their batteries" to try this CD. It's made a definite difference for me in my
daily life.
Nicola Birch
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly relaxing 14 Mar 2007
By Liz B.
Format:Audio CD
"Nidra" in Sanskrit means "sleep" or "slumber," which is the closest experience to the state we experience in hypnosis and deep meditation as described on this CD. In Indian psychology, we have three states of awareness.

The first is waking consciousness called "jagrat," where our awareness is conditioned by time and space. The conscious mind predominates in this state.

The second state is dreaming conscious called "svapna." This is the state where dreams and visions occur. The subconscious mind holds sway here. Hypnotic states with focus and full attention are possible here.

The third state is of dreamless sleep, which is deep sleep without any disturbance from dreams. This deep relaxation is "nidra," where higher consciousness allows tensions and residues from thought impressions ("samskaras")to be released. Technically there is a fourth transcendental state called "turiya" but that is far too complex to explain here.

You do feel rejuvenated after the CD. I highly recommend this CD along with a fascinating novel that also works at a deep psychological and spiritual level called "Nexus" by Deborah Morrison & Arvind Singh. I read this novel along with the "Yoga Nidra Meditation" and have found both to complement each other.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RELAXING, BUT ENERGISING 3 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Those are the best words that I found to describe the excellent CD through which Swami Janakananda so gracefully shares the ancient Indian technique of Yoga Nidra with us.
I was firstly introduced to Yoga Nidra last year while I was working and traveling extensively around the world. My job was extremely demanding and required a high level of responsibility and dedication. It was a 24 hour a day job and over the years I amounted a great deal of stress that threatened to endanger my professional performance and most importantly my health.
The CD has three parts: a short version of Yoga Nidra, a piece of music by Roop Verma and a long version of Yoga Nidra.
I found out that by listening to both versions (depending on the time available) I was able to easily manage my stress and I learned to relax. In addition, I could "finally" sleep better.
Swami is our guide on this voyage through our body parts and into our inner space. His narration and Roop's music will not let your mind wonder around, but instead you start to develop an open state that allows the body and mind to co-exist in balance, a total harmony.
My life being very active I found out that the more I practiced Yoga Nidra, the more relaxed I became, but in the long run I also discovered that I had more energy. What happened in reality was that I always had a lot of energy, but in most of the cases this energy was dispersed. Now I had found a way of channeling better my energy and take more advantage of my own resources.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful aid to relaxation 11 Jun 2008
By Aysea
Format:Audio CD
I can't claim to be an expert in the tradition and practice of yoga nidra so I will bow to more advanced and knowledgeable practitioners as to the validity of the execution of this CD.

But properly executed in the traditional sense or not, I must recommend this to anyone who suffers from stress, anxiety, sleeping difficulties etc. I use this CD regularly before I go to bed and have found it to be a marvellous aid to getting a restful, peaceful night's sleep. The more that I use this, the better and more peaceful the effects are.

All my friends who have borrowed this have found it to be just as helpful and it is my first port of call when tense or when worries are affecting my sleep.

Perhaps the style may not suit all, but it has truly given me a tool to help me relax and switch off disruptive inner dialogue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
its alright, I thought this would help me really relax at the end of a hard day but I find it gives me the giggles due to the repetitiveness
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
The recording was not the best but the content was excellent and I listen and practice every day .i would suggest a different cd.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Sarah J. Tancred
3.0 out of 5 stars The jury's still out on this one
As I'm as supple as the average ironing board, I've been going regularly to yoga classes for several years now. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dun Ravin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Quick Delivery. Top quality product. Bought again as have given old copy to a friend. Swami Janakananda takes you on a yogic journey into the place between sleep and wakefulness. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A Wicks
5.0 out of 5 stars yoga nidra (guide to deep relaxation)
This was recomended to me by a doctor when i was going through a bad time,Its was the most relaxing tape I have ever listen to and could not believe I had been lying there for 20... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by nell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxation
This CD has a short form (20 minutes odd) and long form (40 minutes odd) with a piece of music too. Either form does the business, I always feel truly relaxed and ready to either... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by dog FM
5.0 out of 5 stars an old favourite but caution
Having been a fan of yoga nidra for some years now since being introduced to it on a yoga teaching training course I have a small collection of CDs to choose from with a range of... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by M. J. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Excellent guided meditation. His voice is really calming. The chakras section is a bit long nonetheless the rest is quite good. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Castor
5.0 out of 5 stars Have used this for more than 25 years
More than 25 years ago I participated in Swami Janakananda's Yoga Nidra classes at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School in Copenhagen. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by PiaJuul
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I just love the calm voice of the swami. Since I'm from Norway I don't mind the accent, I think its charming. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Heidi
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