Yoga Journal article on Yoga Nidra

The Yoga Nidra CD by Swami Jnaneshvara is suggested in this Yoga Journal article of Sep/Oct 2004 (see the last paragraph of the article). The author (Stephanie Levin-Gervasi) comments that in Yoga Nidra, "All traces of the day fade away, time stops, and stillness washes over me.... Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that is rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness.... The practitioner begins by quieting the overactive mind, then moves into a meditative state, gradually finding a state of 'ultimate harmony,' in which the brain waves slow down and a subtle euphoria emerges."

"In today's busy world, yogic sleep may be
the essential tool for rejuvenation."

I commend the author for also noting that while the practice first brings relaxation and rejuvenation, it is actually a deeper practice. She explains that, "Though most practitioners don't slip easily into the more advanced stages, they still tend to emerge feeling rejuvenated." This is accurate and extremely well said by the author. She is not minimizing the practice by saying it is merely relaxation, and is not intimidating beginners by making them think it is too difficult or advanced. Start where you are, and the Yoga Nidra experience will expand with practice.

Swami Jnaneshvara

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