Yoga Nidra

A systematic History & a unique approach towards Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra: A Historical Review 

 

                                              - Dr Kamakhya Kumar 15 Oct 2010

               

Yoga Nidra is one of the finest way to Self Realization. Yoga-Masters as well as Psychologists are using it now days as a Psycho-spiritual Technique of Healing. Ancient Indian scriptures are pregnant with the knowledge of self realization. Yoga Nidra may be one such technique at the same path. It is a complete practice of Yoga Sadhana. It can lead the aspirant at the stage of Samadhi. These days Yoga Nidra is practiced as a best-known technique to induce complete physical mental and emotional relaxation. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness, which is, neither sleep nor awaken, neither is it concentration nor hypnotism. It can be defined, as an altered state of consciousness.

The Word Yoga Nidra firstly comes in Devi Mahatmya one of the great part of Markandeya Purana. According to the visualizations of Maharshi Markandeya “at the end of Kalpa when the entire universe was in a deep relaxation Lord Vishnu was laying on the bed of serpent in the state of Yoga Nidra”. He states in his Purana that Lordess Yoga Nidra lives in the eyes of Lord Vishnu. When Lord Brahma observed Lord Vishnu in the grip of Yoga Nidra, to make him awake He started praying the Lordess Yoga Nidra.

Later on Yoga nidra was explained in Yoga Tadavali by Adya Sankaracharya quoted as:       

'  /Vichhina Sankalpa Vikalpa Moole, Nihshesh Nirmulit Karma Jale/

        /Nitantarat Nitant Bhadrasa, Jambhrite Yogini Yoga Nidra//

Meaning: “When mind has transcended maya (delusion), when ego has become static, when senses are no more functioning, and when all communication between the mind and the senses has been cut, when I and you no longer exist for a period of time, Yoga Nidra starts. Adya Sankaracharya further explains that For a long time practice, when being disappointed from every resolve and imagination and every obstacles of karma becomes destroyed, the Yogi gets the state of Yoga Nidra”

For the practice of Yoga Nidra one should lie flat on his back and follow the spoken instruction of yoga instructor. During the practice there should be no movement by the practitioner, as well as he should try to remain awake and aware of every given instruction. In Yoga Nidra, it is not necessary to concentrate. One should just keep the mind moving from point to point and be aware of every experience. Yoga Nidra means sleep with a trace of awareness. Practice of Yoga Nidra in this study is the simplest method of relaxation which is being practiced in the flat lying position of shavasana and follows the spoken instruction of Yoga instructor. The practice includes the resolve, body part awareness, breath awareness and visualization.

Scientists are taking advantage of new technologies to see exactly what goes on inside the brains of Yoga nidra practitioners. The neuroscientists hypothesize that regular meditation actually alters the way the brain is wired, and that these changes could be at the heart of claims that meditation can improve health and well-being.  But the rigors of the scientific method might never have been applied to studying the practice of meditation.

 Pic: Dr Kamakhya Kumar with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. Kamakhya Kumar in 2006 awarded by Ph. D. degree by Dr. A. P J Abdul Kalam (President of India) for his work "Psycho-physiological Changes as Related to Yoga Nidra". He observed six months effects of yoga nidra on some Physiological, hematological and some Psychological parameters on the practitioners and he found a significant change on above mentioned parameters. There are several researches done in this are by Dr Kamakhya Kumar, some of them are radiated below:

 

  Pic: Yoga Nidra Practice.

Contribution towards Yoga Nidra by Dr Kumar

 

  •  Kumar, Kamakhya. 2004. “A Study on the Impact on Stress & Anxiety Through Yoga Nidra.” Yoga Mimamsa 36 (3): 163–69. Lonavala, Maharashtra: Kaivalyadham.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2004. “Yoga Nidra and Its Impact on Students’ Well-being.” Yoga Mimamsa 36 (1): 31–35. Lonavala, Maharashtra: Kaivalyadham.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2005a. “Origin and Application of Yoga Nidra.” Nature & Wealth IV (4, October).
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2005b. “Effect of Yoga Nidra on Hypertension and Other Psychological Co-Relates.” Yoga the Science 3 (7). Hubli, Karnataka:Yoga Publications.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2006. “A Study of the Improvement of Physical Mental Health Through Yoga Nidra.” Dev Sanskriti Inter-disciplinary Research Journal 4 (4): 39–46.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2007a. “The Healing Sleep.” Yoga Magazine (Body Mind Spirit), issue 50.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2007b. “Yoga Nidra and Its Impact on Blood Cells.” Souvenir of National Yoga Week, organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2008a. “A Holistic Approach to Stress Management.” Nature & Wealth VII (4).
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2008b. “A Study on the Impact on Stress and Anxiety Through Yoga Nidra.” Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, NISCAIR NewDelhi 7(3): 405–409.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya. 2008c. “Complete the Course of Sleep Through Yoga Nidra.” Nature & Wealth VII (1, January).
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2009. “Reversing the Ischemic Heart Diseases through Yoga Nidra.” Nature & Wealth VIII (1).
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2010. “Reversing the Ischemic Heart Disease Through Yogic Relaxation.” Souvenir of National Yoga Week, organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2010. “Psychological Changes as Related to Yoga Nidra.” International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach 6:129–137.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2010. “Stress-Free Life Through Yoga Nidra.” Souvenir, International Symposium on Yogism 36–38.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya.  2012. “A study on the Impact on ESR Level Through Yogic Relaxation Technique Yoga Nidra.” Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge; N I S C A I R 11 (2, April): 358–61.
  • Kumar, Kamakhya.  2013a. A Handbook of Yoga Nidra. New Delhi, India: D.K. Printworld.
  • Kumar, Kamakhya.  2013b. “Manage the Psycho-Complexities Through Yoga Nidra.” Proceedings of National Conference on Yoga Therapy, organized at Manglore University. 18–19.
  • Kumar, Kamakhya.  Research on yoga nidra, under the direction of Kamakhya Kumar, PhD, is located at http://yoganidra.webs.com/researchpublication.htm.
  •  Kumar, Kamakhya, and B. Joshi. 2009. “Study on the Effect of Pranakarshan Pranayama & Yoga Nidra on Alpha EEG & GSR.” Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge; N I S C A I R, New Delhi 8 (3): 453–454.

 

 

Contact for the articles: kamakhya.kumar@gmail.com

  Books over Yoga by Dr Kumar:

    Published:

  1. 1.      Kamakhya Kumar & Ajay Bharadwaj; Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, D K Print world, Delhi; (ISBN: 978-81-246-840-1) Published in the Year 2016.

    2.      Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga Psychology: A Handbook of Yogic Psychotherapy; D K Printworld, Delhi; (for Hardbound 10 Digit ISBN: 8124607117 and 13 Digit ISBN: 9788124607114. for paperback 10 Digit ISBN: 8124607125 and 13 Digit ISBN: 9788124607121) Published in the Year 2013.

    3.      Kamakhya Kumar; A Handbook of Yoga Nidra, D K Printworld, Delhi; (for Hardbound 10 Digit ISBN: 8124606854 and 13 Digit ISBN: 9788124606858. for paperback  10 Digit ISBN: 8124606862 and 13 Digit ISBN: 9788124606865) Published in the Year 2013.

    4.      Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga Education: A Text Book, Shipra Publication, Delhi; ISBN 9788175416222(HB); 9788175416239(PB); Published in the Year 2012.

    5.      Kamakhya Kumar;  Manav Chetana Evam Yoga Vigyan (Hindi), Drolia Pustak Bhandar, Haridwar, ISBN 978-81-920092-0-9 (PB); Published in the Year 2010.

    6.      Kamakhya Kumar and Bhanu Joshi; Yoga Rahasya (Hindi), Standard Publishers India, New Delhi; ISBN 978-81-87471-49-3  (HB); Published in the Year 2009.

    7.      Kamakhya Kumar; Super Science of Yoga, Standard Publishers India, New Delhi; ISBN 81-87471-40-9 (HB); Published in the Year 2008.

    8.      Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga Mahavigyan (Hindi), Standard Publishers India, New Delhi; ISBN 81-87471-59-2 (HB); Published in the Year 2007.

    9.      Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga Therapy, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar on 11th July 2006.

    10.  Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga Chikitsa Sandarshika (Hindi), Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar on 29th June 2004.

    11.  Kamakhya Kumar; Yoga and Health: A text Book, Shipra Publication, Delhi; (In press)

           

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  1. Yoga and Health
  2. Human Consciousness and Yogic Science
  3. Yoga and Management
  4. Yoga and Human Body
  5. A Text Book of Yogic Studies

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