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Pandemic stress? 24X7 Screen time? Learn Yoga Nidra to sleep better and thrive
You will need to sit comfortably or lie down and remain undisturbed, while you try it.
Pandemic stress can continue to build up and hurt you. So too endless screen time. In this episode, Krishna Prakash walks us through a demo of Yoga Nidra. You should try it out and see if it works for you.
Krishna is the founder or Shrimath Yoga, located just outside Bangalore. He can be reached on krishna-prakash.com
The demo begins at 4:40 and concludes at 21:40. You will need to sit comfortably or lie down and remain undisturbed, while you try it.
12 hours in front of a screen. What does it do to you? If you are thinking it is just another day at office, step back and see if you are sleeping as you should be? Do you feel stressed and anxious instead of peaceful and focussed and may I remind you are on your home turf!
You can’t walk away from a pandemic and work from home. But you can do simple things to lower the silent stress. To sleep better.
Have you closed your eyes and tried to look at yourself ever? Take a moment and do so just now. The person that you see has remained unchanged over the years. Is it not?
Open your eyes and get back to work and there is clutter all around, all over again. If only, you could connect to yourself at a deeper level. You would surely bring back some of that silence into your work. Into your life.
We have with us Krishna Prakash ji (some call him KP, others Krishna) who is a Yogacharya and the founder of Shrimath Yoga. Over the last 10 years he has created an oasis of tranquility both inside of himself and outside in his yoga school. He teaches others to do the same for themselves.
I asked him to demonstrate an experience instead of talking about how to go to still and Krishna accepted my request.Today’s episode is different. You can try your hand at Yoga Nidra and decide if you want to dive deeper and deeper into this or another similar meditation practice, as you try to survive the sticky screens.
Welcome to the podcast krishna
Krishna – 2:00 – Namaste!
Brij – Krishna, why is Yoga Nidra relevant for people who are staring at screens most of their waking hours?
Krishna – 2:10 – 80% of our learning comes from vision. Which in common man’s language is eye. So, naturally we tend to overload ourselves with all types of information. And we forget to blink. We forget to think that eyes also are muscles. They are connected to brain and the impact of light through our mobiles, television or the laptop actually creates an adverse aspect and tires the entire system. Once the brain is tired, the entire system is tired. So if we could find a method of relaxing with closed eyes but not sleeping, we are available to ourselves as you beautifully explained at the start of the podcast. So the process of yoga nidra allows us to just be ourselves without the burden of our past knowledge or achievements. We become aware that the only thing happening is the breath. And everything else is momentary and it can change. Each of our body organs generally are overworked. They need attention. So when you are giving consciously full attention to that body part, like a child acknowledging that you acknowledging its presence, there is a sense of calmness. Which naturally happens. Because you have acknowledged. So this is why I felt yoga nidra could be practical tool for all of us today.
So Yoga Nidra is the process brought to us by swami Satyananda in a way a we can practice in day to day life today. And even we have tweaked it to the level that we can practice the beginner’s Yoga Nidra in 9 to 10 minutes. It is like a teaser. Once people start understanding how this relaxes and rejuvenates them, maybe they can find ways and means to go deeper. So ultimately body and mind needs rest. When you do that consciously it is Yoga Nidra. When you just fall asleep it is a simple nidra.
Brij (4:25) Krishna can you give a taste of Yoga Nidra to our listeners? I am going to sign off as I do that. Who knows, you might nod off and go to sleep by the time we are done. Over to you Krishna. Please walk our listeners through a small Yoga Nidra session.
Krishna (4:40) Thank you. YOGA NIDRA SESSION BEGINS.
Krishna (21:40) Thank you. YOGA NIDRA SESSION CONCLUDES
Brij (21:50) Thank you very much Krishna Ji. It was a pleasure to hear you and to practice as you spoke. Definitely feel motivated to do once again afterwards. Thank you.