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Yoga Nidra Meditation

Yoga nidra literally means ‘sleep of the yogis‘. It is a technique by which one reaches deeper levels of awareness as one sleeps. This explanation seems incredible because we cannot associate awareness with sleep. However, as per the beliefs of Hinduism to which this technique traces its roots, there are three levels of consciousness. They are waking, dreaming and deep sleep. Though we lose awareness while we sleep, our consciousness reaches a different level than it achieves while we are awake. Through this meditation, we try to take our consciousness to a sublime level of consciousness.

How to do Yoga Nidra Meditation?

Here are the steps that would guide you to do yoga nidra meditation. It needs to be done in a place that does not have too many distractions. This technique requires a relaxed mind and a calm and peaceful place. One should also ensure that one is comfortable as one lies down for this yoga meditation technique. The steps to be followed are:

Step 1:

Lie down on the floor in a relaxed state. Keep legs apart at a distance of 1 to 1.5 feet. Lay your hands by your side, not touching your body but a little away from it. Let the palms face upwards. Relax your entire body.

Step 2:

Take a few deep breaths to first relax yourself completely. Now instead of concentrating on your breath, start with concentrating on the toes of one leg. Say, start with those of left leg. Start with the big toe finger and then, shift on to the smaller ones, one by one. The key to this meditation technique is to feel the sensations in one’s body as one shifts his consciousness from one part to the other. Feel the vibrations, the warmth or the tingling sensation, whatever you feel in your toes.

Step 3:

Now slowly move up your left leg. Concentrate on your sole. Let your mind linger on that part for a few moments. Then move on to the ankle, calf muscles, knee and thigh. As you make your mind trail up your leg, spend some time on each part. Repeat the step with your right leg.

Step 4:

Now focus your awareness in the pelvis region. Feel the mattress below pressing against your lower pelvis region. Move your consciousness around the whole of the pelvis.Photo0742Step 5:

After you are through with the pelvis region, focus your awareness to the abdominal area. Concentrate on the falling and rising of the abdomen. Try to feel your muscles relaxing and getting rejuvenated. Slowly move up your awareness from the abdomen through the stomach muscles to the bottom of the rib cage. As you do so, spend some time on each of these parts and try to visualize the muscles as they should move with every breath you take.

Step 6:

Now slowly move down to the lower back. Try and concentrate on the base of your lower back. Then slowly move your awareness up the spine, concentrating on the lower back, middle back, upper back and finally, reach the shoulders.

Step 7:

Bring your consciousness to your chest. Focus on the heaving of the chest as you breathe in and out.

Step 8:

Now move your awareness down along the upper arms, lower arms to each of the fingers, one by one. Then, move back up and move up along the neck and throat. Focus your awareness on various parts of the face starting from the jaws, cheeks, mouth, eyes, temple and finally, the forehead. Let your awareness remain on the head for sometime. Now move down your body doing the meditation in the reverse order.

The yoga nidra meditation needs some practice before it can be done perfectly. However, it is believed to be one of the most effective forms of meditation that allows one to develop a stronger will power and improve one’s personality from within.

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Fire Up Your Chakras, Throw Away Your Sleeping Pills!

When we are desperate for sleep we often look to medical solutions, like sleeping pills. Sleeping pills can have many side effects including changes in appetite, constipation, dizziness, headache, and heartburn. Following are some ways that help you to power up the chakras which helps you get sound and restful sleep:

Many of us believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness because we want to be independent. In that process we don’t allow ourselves to be supported by energy as most of our energy is in our head. We may feel scattered, anxious, and fearful when we are not connected to Earth energy and this can directly hinder our sleeping patterns.

Your energy is balanced through this exercise by connecting your first chakra to the energy of the earth with a grounding cord, an energetic cord that creates a partnership with the earth and promotes self-awareness and authenticity. Your energy is replenished with Earth energy, unwanted energy is released by the grounding cord which results in a more sound and restful sleep.

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4 Steps to power up your first chakra:

• Be aware of your first chakra, the space between ovaries for women and the base of the spine for men

• Imagine that sitting in that place is a green ball of energy as wide as your hips,drop that ball to the center of the earth and imagine that a green grounding cord is formed as you do that, this cord connects your first chakra to the center of the earth.

• Imagine the cord to be half green/half brown. Visualizing green threads of light extending from the grounding cord to your sciatic nerve, across your back and down your legs helps to calm you and your nervous system.

• You can drop the grounding cord throughout the day as often as you need.

Your Crown chakra should be set to 25%

Energy connects all of us. It becomes an energetic free-for-all for anyone who wants to dump his energetic trash of fear and anxiety in your space if your crown chakra, top of the head, is left wide open for everyone. This can be a hindrance for your night’s sleep.

The solution is to set your crown chakra at 25% before sleep and 50% throughout the day. This can be done by thinking of your chakra as a flower which is fully in bloom, or completely open at 100%, or completely closed. Take charge of your crown chakra by asking it to close to 25% or use imagery.

Clear your internal clutter

In a civilized world we often hang on to destructive emotions like anxiety, fear, and anger. We instead stuff these emotions in our chakras, this build-up of emotional energy hinders our sleep. To combat this sit quietly, meditate, and get in touch with your emotional energy. You can let these emotions out by a good cry or yelling which calms you down enough to sleep.

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