Continuing frrom where we left in the part I of this article....
Yoga is a child of Tantra. Most of the processes that we do in the inner limbs of Yoga on withdrawal (Pratyahara), concentration (Dharana) and meditation (Dhyana) are from the science of Tantra. To puit in a nutshell, 'tantra' should be taken to be today's equivalent to 'technology.'
Swami Satyananda, formulated Yoga Nidra from the tantric concept of 'nyasa.' His reason to share it with a larger audience from the confines of a select few is to spread the benefits of Yoga Nidra to common man and enrich their lives. Let us salute and prostrate this Great Master for sharing this with us.
Yoga Nidra is practiced for various reasons and the most common ones are insomnia and stress relief. In deeper levels, it can be used as a greater tool for desire management through knowing how to frame and use RESOLVE during the process.
The process taps the brain to fulfill its purpose. The 'little man' in our brains is the point of focus as relaxation at all levels begins to dawn on us, once we know how to work on this 'little man' through Yoga Nidra.
Once we complete the work with placating 'little man,' we move to breath awareness at various energy centres. This helps us to get a peep into our psyche and various aspects withi us that we could be unaware of!
Later the session proceeds to induce visualisation, as the instructor takes us through various symbols, places etc., This evokes the response from our sub-consious mind. This also provides another window to understand ourselves.
In advance sessions, much more aspects of relaxation, visualisation and feelings(!) are induced. so, find out an authentic Yoga teacher or a tradition and learn Yoga Nidra or practice Yoga Nidra... What are you waiting for....
Relax.. breathe easy...achieve your goals in a stress free way...All the best.