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4.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY GENUINE, 22 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Experience Yoga Nidra: Guided deep relaxation (Audio CD)
The reviewer who states that this is not genuine yoga nidra is seriously misinformed. The text that Janakananda uses is actually from Swami Satyananda Saraswati's original work on the subject!!! (Satyananda is responsible for innovating the technique from an amalgamation of practices from ancient tantric texts in the middle of the last century. His book is cheap, called "Yoga Nidra" and available from Amazon if you wish to check the authenticity of the text used on the CD)
At no time does Satyananda recommend focusing on the heart chakra for a protracted period - this is only done with Ajna chakra.There are very sound reasons for this which the reviewer would know if he were as knowledgable as he would like to think he is.

I have only given 4 stars because, given the amount of variety available in yoga nidra texts (Satyananda provides 5 texts but each has alternative pieces appended, putting the total possible from his book alone into double figures)it is well nigh impossible to record one that will suit everybody. In this text I don't like the way the chakras are treated, but it may be a way that's ideal for you. Even so, I have used this GENUINE yoga nidra text to good effect many times, and I'm sure that it will serve as an excellent introduction to the subject for anyone who simply wants to experience very deep relaxation (EEG readings show brainwaves associated with deep sleep exhibited by yoga nidra practitioners who are wide awake!)or the serious yoga/tantra student looking to extend their practice.

Swami Rama (mentioned in the negative review) was an advanced yogi who probably developed his own form of yoga nidra to suit his own needs, as most people will who wish to gain the full benefit of the practice. Until we are as accomplished as him we are better sticking with the instructions of the original master.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2011 12:41:35 GMT
M. Murray says:
Some reviewers seem to be under the mistaken impression that Swami Satyananda invented the 'original' style of yoganidra, whereas it has been around for centuries. I learned it from a Himalayan yogi, long before I (or he) even heard of Satyananda, even though the format follows a similar progression.
I developed my own version "Yoga Nidra--The Sleep of the Yogis" which has been a best-seller for the past twenty years, and which takes practitioners into very profound relaxation. You can check it out at: www.mantra-yoga.com
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