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Yoga Nidra [Paperback]

Swami Satyananda Saraswati
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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Nesma Books; 6th edition (12 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185787123
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185787121
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yoga Nidra, which is derived from the tantras, is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In yoga nidra, sleep is not regarded as relaxation. People feel that they are relaxing when they collapse in an easy chair with a cup of coffee, a drink or a cigarette, and read a newspaper or switch on the television. But this will never suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation. These are only sensory diversions. True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. Yoga nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term yoga nidra is derived from two Sanskrit words, yoga meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra which means sleep. During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati 23 Jun 2002
This is an easy to follow, in depth guide to the authentic yogic practice of Yoga Nidra and will suit teachers and serious yoga students alike. It gives the theory, basis and health benefits of the practice in considerable detail,and is written in a style which is logical and easy to understand. There are also a number of transcriptions of the practice which are a must for anyone who wishes to lead their yoga students through the experience of deep relaxation. Especially welcome is the transcription for helping children to learn to relax.
This book provides information and anwers to almost any question which may be posed about this subject and helps us learn how Yoga Nidra may bring about postive changes in our lives. Included is a section on the scientific investigations into this practice and how the research was carried out,colour plates indicate how the brain waves change as the relaxation process develops and the bibliography cites the references quoted and where they may be found.
It is a very helpful reference book to have as part of a yoga teachers library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A window into a sacred science 12 Jan 2008
You don't need to have done any kind of yoga before to be able to use this book to improve your life. All you need is a floor, a blanket and a friend to read to you, or a cassette player. The exercises, and the theoretical descriptions in the first part of the book, have given me huge stores of energy, motivation and concentration, in all of my activities.

It's extraordinary to think that this great Swamiji, born in a small village in the Himalayan foothills, has written so many clear, lucid textbooks to guide truth seekers all over the world.

On a sideline, I have listened to quite a few Yoga Nidra tapes made by other great teachers in other yoga schools, but have not encountered any quite as good as those I've recorded onto a tape from this book.

I'm quoting here the end of the "Sacred mountain" visualisation that I hope one day to be able to master in my practise - it is in my 1984 edition, although it may not be in the recent editions, it should give you a flavour of the sacred knowledge Swamiji is imparting onto us.

"You trudge languidly on alone... and finally reach the top... Where the guide is waiting for you. As you observe the spectacular panoramic view, a feeling of exhilaration floods through your body and mind. The guide gives you a meaningful smile... And you are grateful to him for his forcefulness during the climb. You are exalted by the environment; you are overcome by a feeling you have never experienced before. You are still absorbed in this exhilaration when the guide says to you "Follow me"... and leaps from the peak and disappears into space... without a further thought you follow".
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5.0 out of 5 stars very very good 29 April 2008
a very good and informative book specially when used in combination with the cd made by the author (seperat buy) on which you find two sessions of yoga nidra leading to deep relaxation helping you to train, develop an one-pointed mind. Excellent is all I can say
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5.0 out of 5 stars accessing the subconscious mind 4 Oct 2011
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Highly recommended yoga technique for deep relaxation and accessing the subconscious mind and thereby releasing tensions. If more people did yoga nidra on a regular basis I am sure the world would be a happier place as people would be more at peace with their inner world.

All yoga teachers should be aware of this book and bring the technique to the aid of all those stressed students who come to their classes. At least they can recommend the many commercially produced CDs on the market by some quite well known Swamis.

One word of caution though: from my experience yoga nidra needs to be practised in moderation i.e. not every day. It is a very powerful technique especially with visualisation. It is enough just to do the body scan - that can be done daily - but the visualisation on top can just be too powerful. I have learnt from experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn provides a very good body-scan meditation. Swami Pragyamurti takes it a step further and brings in some visualisation but just enough. There are some CDs out there that perhaps overdo the content. The 'dosage' of such CDs, especially if they take one through the chakras, needs to be low or you may be asking for an overload of subconscious matter that you can't control. So please, if in doubt keep the dosage low to once or twice a week!

Enjoy in moderation the wonderful world of yoga nidra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best I have found 22 April 2010
this is by far the best Yoga Nidra book I have yet come across. The subject of Yoga Nidra is well explained in language that is easy to pass on to yoga classes. In addition, the actual examples of Nidra are easy to use either for oneself or in a class situation. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Cedric Bennette, Bilkent University 13 Feb 2010
An excellent introduction to yoga nidra which explains the many benefits of this meditation technique and also gives some easy to use example lessons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for yogi's 30 April 2010
By ddhogan
I love this book, I'm studying to be a yoga teacher and this book I find it indispensable. It takes you through all the nidra's, and explains them really well. It also goes in great detail about how effective nidra is. This book is a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Niddra 14 Mar 2009
Accessible and an excellent guide to Yoga Niddra for both the experienced and inexperienced yoga practitioner.
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