Gayatri Mantra (the oldest recorded Mantra of India)
Aum Bhoor Bhuwaha Swahah
Tat Savetour Varayneeum
Bhargo Daywassia Dheemahe
Dheeyo Yo Nah Pracho Dye-yawt.
“Through the coming and going and the balance of life
The essential nature which illuminates the universe
Is the essence of the adorable one.
May all perceive through subtle intellect the brilliance of enlightment”
Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and dream, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light Pratyahara with four of his senses internalized, that is, withdrawn. Only the sense of hearing connects the listener to the instructions.
Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well.
The practice is done in Savasana, lying down on your back with as little physical movement as possible.