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Falling Asleep with the Possibility of Trying Again

If a practitioner is unable to enter the phase after performing cycles and attempts to separate, or even if everything worked out, it is still better to go back to sleep to facilitate subsequent attempts. Again, it is very important to go to sleep with a clearly defined intention of actually performing the cycles upon awakening. Such intention vastly increases the probability that the next attempt will occur soon. That is, one should not fall asleep with an empty head and the desire to simply get a good night's sleep. If using the deferred method, then clear intention is mandatory, as several attempts are possible over the course of a sleep cycle. Second, barriers are overcome by temporarily switching to other techniques. Let us suppose that noise arising when listening in grows louder and louder and then peaks in volume. It would surely be beneficial to switch to forced falling asleep or observing images for several seconds, and then return to listening in. The sound may then become...

Approaching mindfulness in deep sleep

For the serious Yoga practitioner, even deep sleep isn't a no-man's land. On the contrary, dreamless sleep is a great opportunity for breaking into higher levels of consciousness. After you're able to retain mindful awareness during the dream state, you can extend your awareness to those periods where the mind is devoid of contents. The great Yoga masters are continuously aware throughout the day and the night. They're never unconscious, because they have realized the spirit or Self, which is pure consciousness. In 1969, Swami Rama volunteered to have his yogic abilities tested at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. Among other things, he demonstrated his ability to produce all types of brain waves at will. He remained fully aware even when producing the slow delta waves characteristic of deep sleep. In fact, he was able to remember what happened during his supposed deep sleep much better than did the researchers themselves. Two years later, Swami Rama founded the Himalayan...

Insomnia buster

This exercise is for those who suffer from insomnia but have an active imagination. Instead of watching your mind weave tale after tale when you can't sleep at night, why not recruit your imagination for the purpose of falling soundly asleep Here's how. Insomnia Over 100 million North Americans suffer from chronic sleeplessness for medical, psychological, social, or environmental reasons. A medical cause may be a diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic disease, a temporary illness (such as the flu), pain, or reaction to a remedy. A psychological cause may be general anxiety, depression, anger, or alertness (such as expecting to be awakened by your baby). A social cause may be the habit of going to bed too late or having a late meal. An environmental cause may be a noisy neighborhood or a toxic home. Obviously, you want to rule out interference from a chronic disease or reaction to a medication, so if need be, consult a physician or a pharmacist. You know whether you're anxious, depressed, or...

Consider How Well Youre Sleeping

All forms of exercise help you sleep better, because exercise is the best antidote for stress, and stress is what usually causes sleeplessness. Yoga with weights may be the best answer to your sleep problems, because the exercise program helps you relax and de-stress. If you wake up agitated in the middle of the night, or if you're suffering from insomnia, try taking the long, slow, yogic breaths we describe in Chapter 4. Or try this technique Lie on your bed with your eyes closed and your hands resting on your belly. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and rise to the ceiling. As you exhale, feel it softly contract, and visualize your belly drawing closer to your spine. By focusing on the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe, you still and soothe your mind. You quiet your thoughts and, in doing so, permit yourself to fall asleep. Deep-belly breathing helps trigger the relaxation response in your brain.

Working through menopause

Menopause signals a major biochemical change in a woman, marked most obviously by the disappearance of her monthly flow. Her body's sexual glands go into relative retirement, and she can no longer bear children. The hormonal shifts that lead up to the actual menopause may take up to a decade. Perimenopause, the term given to the longer process, can bring with it a host of undesirable side effects hot flashes, palpitations, dizzy spells, insomnia, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, and irritability. This time of life can make women prone to depression, but with an attitude of acceptance for the change and the possibilities yet to come, it can actually be a very satisfying time of life. That's where Yoga comes in.

Chapter Pratyahara Or Abstraction

In Pratyahara, reactions are often set up and the student may get frightened about what is happening. Patanjali, in his Sutra, details out the difficulties. Apart from the positive hazards mentioned above, there are certain other negative types of problems that come on the way. Illness (Vyadhi) may come upon one due to indiscriminate eating, pressure exerted on the Pranas in one's practice, undue exposure, over-exertion, etc. Sickness is a great obstacle in Yoga. Sickness may be physical or psychological, engendered by one's disobedience to Nature or by reactions to one's practice. It can so happen that the student gets fed up with everything after years of practice and concludes that all things are useless. He gets into a mood of despondency (Styana). He may start thinking that he is alone and there is no one to help him. This thought may become so intense that he may not be able to think of the ideal before him. Outwardly, there may be weakness, recurring head-ache and...

Testing Individual Effectiveness

Immediately after waking from sleep, remain motionless, eyes closed. Picture a swift, compulsory fall into sleep for 5 to 10 seconds, and then return to wakefulness, followed by an aggressive attempt at separating from the physical body. Generally, after performing this technique, the practitioner's state of mind quickly transitions between different states of brain. Strong vibrations often occur when emerging from this pseudo-sleep, where the likelihood of separation from the body is increased, accompanied the opportunity to practice other techniques. Resist actually falling asleep during this exercise. In essence, forced falling asleep is a trick on the mind designed to take advantage of the brain's reflexive responses to actions that immediately induce semi-conscious states that allow easy entrance Forced sleep is quite simple. It requires a cessation of internal dialogue, shifting mental focus away from external stimuli, and a strong desire for a quick reentrance to the sleeping...

The General Concept Of Maintaining

B)resisting falling asleep Phase maintenance consists of three primary principles resisting a return to the wakeful state (known as a foul), resisting falling asleep, and resisting a false exit from the phase. As a rule, the first two problems (return to a wakeful state, or falling asleep) are often encountered by beginners, but the third difficulty (false exit) manifests at later stages of practice. Resistance to returning to the body is self-explanatory, whereas resistance to falling asleep is unclear to many. Not everyone knows that almost half of phase experiences usually end in a quite trivial way - falling asleep. A person usually looses attentiveness, his or her awareness dissipates, and everything around gradually looses clarity and turns into what is for all intents and purposes a usual dream. Resisting a false exit from the phase is a lot more surprising and dramatic. Sometimes a practitioner detects an impending exit from the phase, subsequent deepening techniques fail to...

No Boris Pronyakin Copywriter Kiev Ukraine

Questions Did Boris describe a direct or indirect technique What could he have done if no spontaneous separation had occurred How could Boris have more correctly used deepening techniques Why wasn't Boris thrown into a phase episode Why did he fall asleep Boris also did not pay any attention to the roar in his ears. It could have been used for the technique of listening in, which would have helped him to deepen and maintain. The lack of a set aim to land somewhere resulted in his endless fall, though it does not always happen this way. Boris fell asleep due to his passivity and also because he forgot that falling asleep was a possibility, though he did remember about the possibility of an inadvertent return to reality (a foul).

Gently move your fingers for a few moments take a deep breath and then open your eyes

No time limit applies to your Yoga Nidra performance, unless you impose one. Expect to come out of Yogic Sleep naturally, whether you return after only 15 minutes or a whole hour. Or you may just fall asleep. So if you have things to do afterward, make sure you set your wristwatch or clock for a gentle wake-up call. Don't rush up Take your time to reintegrate with the ordinary world.

The Best Time To Practice

To begin, it should be stated that sleep follows a cyclical pattern. We awaken every hour-and-a-half and then quickly fall asleep again, which gives rise to sleep cycles. Furthermore, we experience two primary stages of sleep rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and nonrapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. NREM sleep includes many internal stages. The more we sleep, the less the body needs deep NREM sleep, and the more time we spend in REM sleep. Phase entrance is most likely to occur during REM sleep If Jack goes to bed earlier, then his alarm clock should be set back by that amount of time, since six hours of initial sleep is the optimal length of time. If Jack sleeps less than six hours, then the second half of his night's sleep will be too deep. If Jack sleeps longer than six hours, then there will be little time remaining for attempts, or Jack may not even be able to fall asleep. Nighttime awakenings are the least effective times for phase experimentation because the brain still requires a...

Meditation Trataka Stage

The important thing is that you don't attempt stage 3 without being able to fix your awareness on a clear inner-image. If you have a vague inner-image or even no image and you attempt to do stage 3 then you will either fall asleep or become enveloped in the usual patterns of thought play. In either case you will gain nothing in fact you will lose, for you will waste your valuable time. So use your discretion and choose the practice that is most suitable for your degree of proficiency.

Alexander Dyrenkov Student Moscow Russia

I was lying in bed and thinking about the phase, as I had been unable to fall asleep for a while. I dozed off for a moment and then awoke again, this time already in the proper state, and then easily rolled out (more or less unconsciously and reflexively). I went deeper by means of touching and then falling headfirst. It is a pity that I've already forgotten a lot of the experience, but I do remember that after deepening I fell right down onto the yard of my grandmother's house, but then lost consciousness, and so I returned into my body and rolled out of it several times. I was unable to sharpen all my senses When I deepened one sense (touch, for example), another (i.e. sight) would fade away. After that, I have a gap in my memory concerning my travels (consciousness and lucidity were weak, and I fell asleep and resurfaced several times), but I remember having been to a lot of places.

General Rules For Maintaining

The less Internal Dialogue (ID) and reflection that occurs in the phase, the longer it lasts. All thinking must be concentrated on what is being achieved and perceived. Talking to oneself is completely prohibited. The reason for this is that many thoughts may act as programming in the phase and even announcing them internally may introduce alterations, including negative ones. For example, thinking about the body cause a return to it. The practitioner may also get lost in thought, which will lead to a foul. Also, sporadic thoughts usually and quite easily cause the practitioner to simply fall asleep.

Basic Closed Eye Meditation

Able position, sitting on a chair, or in any cross-legged position of your choosing on the floor, spine erect but not rigid, hands softly resting on your knees or in your lap. If you are uncomfortable sitting, try lying on your back on the floor, with pillows or rolled-up towels placed under the back of your head or neck and your knees for support. (Try not to lie on a bed when you meditate because you may become so relaxed that you fall asleep ) As you deepen your practice of meditation, try extending your period of meditation in small increments until gradually you are meditating for a period of 15 minutes. Try meditating early in the morning if you can, after you've gotten up and done your morning ritual, and before starting the workday. As you progress, you might also add a 15-minute period of meditation at the end of the workday to clear your mind of the clutter of thoughts and feelings that have accumulated during the morning and afternoon, and so restore yourself as you prepare...

The importance of practice

The emphasis will be on your personal practice and effort. Without this, you will never develop sensitivity and awareness to your external and internal surroundings. We will start with the assumption that you know little or nothing about yoga practices. Gradually lesson by lesson the practices will be introduced and developed in step, we hope, with your personal practice and experience. It is absolutely essential to start from the basic practices and slowly but surely proceed to more advanced techniques. Failure to do this can lead to disappointment and disillusionment. For example, many people hear of meditation and try some practices for themselves without sufficient preparation. They sit comfortably, close their eyes and wait for something to happen. Because their eyes are closed they think they are introverted, but actually they are still thinking of the outside world or mulling over their problems. Their minds and consciousness are still in the same rut as they are every day....

The barrier of unawareness

In day to day life it does this continuously with various external objects and thoughts. It is the nature of the mind to form itself, pattern itself around something. Without an object of perception, one lapses into a state of unconsciousness. This also applies to meditative practices the mind must be patterned into some form, whether it is breath, sound or whatever. If you do not do this then you will only fall asleep, gaining little from your practice. Many people sit for meditation without fixing their attention on a specific object. They merely close their eyes and allow their mind to wander here and there like a wild monkey. They either brood about their problems or eventually fall asleep. Each of these states is far away from a meaningful meditative experience. One can practise like this for the next hundred years and gain absolutely nothing. There is a man who goes to the park every morning to practise meditation. He sits in perfect...

Meditation Rules for Practice

Is an alternative method which works over a longer period of time this is the method of autosuggestion. That is, suggest to yourself before your practice and at other times during the day that you will not fall asleep during meditational practice. If you say this with resolution, then the idea will take root in the subconscious mind.

The First Lesson The

Men have nodded, and in the second before awakening they have dreamed of events that seemed to have required the passage of years. Many of you have had experiences of this kind, and many such cases have been recorded by science. On the other hand, one may fall asleep and remain unconscious, but without dreams, for hours, and upon awakening will insist that he has merely nodded. Time belongs to the relative mind, and has no place in the Eternal or Absolute.

Physiological Signals

A more sophisticated example of a reminder is when a practitioner dozes off in a position meant to cause numbness to a certain body part. While awakening, the practitioner will take the physical numbness a cue to practice indirect techniques. A secondary benefit to this method of physiological signaling is that the numb body part may easily be used to perform phantom wiggling. Falling asleep while lying on the back with an arm behind the head, or by lying directly on an arm are effective examples. These and other postures will impede circulation, cause numbness, and promote awakening. Naturally, the numbness should not be excessive. Another popular method helps with direct techniques. It works by falling asleep while keeping the forearm propped up at the elbow. When the practitioner falls asleep, the forearm falls to the bed as the body shuts down. Feeling the arm fall signals a lapse of consciousness, after which direct techniques may be attempted. If this method fails to produce...

Selecting The Right Techniques

10 minutes before falling asleep, or even during the day. It is good to choose at least one secondary technique practice. This regimen allows a precise determination of the techniques that will yield the best results for the practitioner. During the process of selecting personalized techniques, a practitioner learns and retains the techniques in an intimate, personal way, which positively affects how techniques are used during critical moments. Forced Falling Asleep

Strategy For Action

A combination of direct and indirect techniques should never be used during the course of a single day since this would be detrimental to practical focus and enthusiasm. It is better to separately perform each type of technique on different days. For example, direct techniques could be used before falling asleep during the workweek while indirect techniques may be practiced during the weekends when a practitioner has more chances to experiment using the extra opportunities to sleep.

Periodic Analysis of Awareness

There is another important rule related to resisting falling asleep no practitioner should engage or participate in spontaneous events occurring in the phase. Events that are not planned or deliberate lead to a high probability of being immersed in the side action, which results in a loss of concentrated awareness.

Incorporating Yoga into nighttime routines

When you live Yoga as a spiritual discipline, the practice extends even to your sleep. In Chapter 4, we give you a relaxation technique that's better than any sleeping pill for preparing you for sleep. You can make this technique even more powerful by repeating the same intention (samkalpa) that you also use upon waking flip to Turning your face toward a Yoga morning earlier in the chapter for more on the samkalpa. Repeat your intention when your relaxation is deepest and before emerging from it or falling asleep.

No Alexei Bakharev Engineer Sochi Russia

This was the first time that I managed to become conscious while dreaming. Before falling asleep, I concentrated on the darkness before my eyes and tried to remain consciousness as long as I could. All of a sudden, I dreamt that I was levitating to the ceiling, which resulted in my becoming conscious that I was dreaming. My phantom body responded poorly to attempts to control it, and simply hovered beneath the ceiling. There were two people sitting on the floor below. They were looking in my direction, but it seemed that they did not see me. At this point I woke up and felt some sort of tingling and itching in my legs.

Why do people meditate

The use of meditation to gain peace within and to concentrate on God, the Divine is the recommended method and use of meditation. Some important spiritual wisdom may however be achieved to help you to understand the true meaning of life on earth in a physical body and to speed up your spiritual progress. You may find a few important and helpful questions to meditate and or think about in another chapter or you may ask God to help you understand it before falling asleep in night time. Receiving an answer through meditation is much different than reading it. When receiving an answer by meditation then you are fully aware even within yourself of the full content and meaning of the answer. By reading an answer you may intellectually know it, keep it stored in your physical brain without having it ever understood. For that particular reason many wise man from the past have written questions to meditate about - rather than provided intellectual answers. One such examples may be the Yoga...

No Dmitry Markov Radio Mechanic Moscow Russia

My first time was the most terrible event in my life. I had never experienced such terror. It happened in December, 1990. I was falling asleep in my bed at home. Suddenly, I heard someone enter my room, but I did not pay attention to the intruder. Then, two female hands grabbed me from behind, and while pressing my belly, started to lift my body up. I distinctly felt thin fingers with long nails on my belly, but was completely paralyzed and absolutely unable move any part of my body or put up any kind of resistance. I felt my body go through the ceiling, but then was pulled still higher and higher.

Awakening Without Moving

However, if an awakening is conscious, but with movement, that does not mean that the practitioner cannot immediately make an attempt to fall into the phase. Such attempts, although they will be about 5 times less effective than usual, should nevertheless be made Any opportunity to practice while waking should not be wasted. It must only be kept in mind that one must first neutralize the effects of the movement in order to once again fall into an intermediate state. In the case of movement, it is extremely helpful to begin practice with forced falling asleep. Listening in also works well, as does observing images and phantom wiggling, each performed passively for 5-15

Movies books and stories

Have you ever noticed any difference in the quality of your sleep, your dreams, your peace of mind as a result of what movie you are watching before going to bed, what story you are listening to or what book you are reading the last minutes or hours before falling asleep

Readiness for stage

When you can easily remain in a state of thoughtlessness, then you should proceed to stage 6. Do not continue with stage 5 for you will merely lapse into a state of laya (unconsciousness or sleep). You will have a nice deep sleep, but it will not take you anywhere on the yogic path. Therefore, proceed to stage 6 as soon as your mind is in a thought-free state2.

We Live in a Boundless World of Thoughts

Sound, touch, form, taste and odour, the five sheaths, the waking, the dreaming and deep sleep states all these are the products of mind. Sankalpa, passion, anger, bondage, time know them to be the result of mind. Mind is the king of the Indriyas or senses. Thought is the root of all mental process.

Chapter The Spiritual Reality

All these functions of the psychological apparatus are, however, confined to what is called the waking state. The human being seems to be passing from this state to others, such as dream and deep sleep. Though we have some sort of an awareness in dream, we are bereft of all consciousness in deep sleep. Yet, we know that we do exist in the state of sleep. This means that we can exist without doing anything, even without thinking. The condition of deep sleep is a paradox for psychology and is the crux of the Yoga analysis. It is strange that in sleep we do not know even our own selves, and still we know that we do exist then. An experience, pure and simple, of the nature of consciousness alone, is the constituent of deep sleep, notwithstanding that we are not aware of it due to a peculiar difficulty in which we seem to get involved there. In deep sleep, we have consciousness not associated with objects, and hence we remain oblivious of everything external. There is, at the same time,...

The Mental Principles

Now, remember, that there is no violent change or marked transition from the consciousness of the fourth principle into that of the fifth. As we have before explained, these principles shade into each other, and blend as do the colors of the spectrum. As intellect unfolds, it illuminates faintly the fourth principle, and endows instinctive life with reason. Simple consciousness shades into self-consciousness. Before the fifth principle dawns fairly, the creature having the four principles well developed has passions but no reason emotions but not intellect desires but no rationalized will. It is the subject awaiting the monarch, the sleeper awaiting the magic touch of the one who has been sent to awaken him from the enchanter's deep sleep. It is the brute awaiting the coming of that which will transform it into a man.

Mind And Its Mysteries

In the waking state, the seat of the mind is the brain in the dreaming state the seat of the mind is the cerebellum in the deep sleep state it rests in the heart. Atman who is ever awake, although all the minds are at rest. Mother of this world, Rajeshvari takes the Jivas back to Her and Her Lord during deep sleep, hugs them to Her bosom, bestows on them refreshing peace, new vigour, vitality and strength and makes them quite fit for the ensuing battle of life on the following day. But for this sleep, life would have been absolutely impossible in this physical plane when misery, diseases, cares, worries, fears and anxieties of various kinds trouble man every second. If a man does not get sound sleep even for one night, if he loses his sleep one night for three hours by keeping watch over a sick patient or attending the cinema, how miserable, gloomy, depressed he feels the next day Mind can be compared to water. Water exists in four states, viz., causal state in the form of H2O, subtle...

The True Man and True Woman

The Consciousness of Man is Being and Light. Man, or what we call the body mind, is really one whole and homogeneous undifferentiated field of consciousness. The distinctions and categorizations of levels of consciousness, such as waking, dreaming and deep sleep, and separate and distinct centers and related planes of consciousness and the various systems and mechanisms in the body, have been defined and developed by the mind of man for the sake of discussion, but are really one undifferentiated whole, appearing upon the substratum of all-pervasive Being Consciousness. This field appears in consciousness, and the sense of Being is focused through the lens of the mind with the pure satvic sense of I and attaches itself to the images arising in the field, such that we identify with the thought impression I am these thoughts and images. This body and sensations and impressions and thoughts are mine.

The Secret Of Yoga

Even in the case of nirvi-kalpa samadhi, which is considered to be the highest state of illumination, the yogi brings back the memory of the transmundane experience, when he comes again to his normal state, an impossible achievement unless the memory is awake all the time, demonstrating conclusively the continuing activity of the brain. There is no escape from the position that the rapturous descriptions of the ecstatic vision, described by those who had the supreme experience, could be possible only when they could retain a recollection of it in the normal state, establishing thereby a link between what they underwent in the trance condition and in their normal consciousness. This shows that in some way the surface consciousness continues to function in both conditions. If this were not the case the experience would leave no impression on the mind of the Yogi, as happens in syncope or deep sleep of which one has no recollection on awakening.

Shabad Kriya Bedtime Meditation

Many people have difficulty going to sleep even though they are tired. There are many reasons for insomnia. When the mind is too active, we have a hard time going to sleep or even if we do go to sleep, we are restless and do not sleep deeply. There are many theories and opinions about how much sleep a person needs and it certainly varies according to state of health, activity and circumstances. But most of us would agree that the deeper and more peaceful the sleep, the more rested we feel the next morning. Lying on the left side facilitates digestion and opens the right nostril. If you do need to digest your food, lying on the left side with help. However, to get to sleep, lying on your right side with help open the left nostril. You can also close off the right nostril with the right thumb to open the left nostril.

The emergence of the True Man and True Woman

As the field begins to become balanced in this manner, what we call the subconscious state reaches a level of pureness, in which dreams subside and eventually cease. When we fall asleep, our consciousness retains awareness and remains awake to experience the nerve vacuum of seeing the energy in the body withdrawing into the ida and pingala and from there withdrawing into the base of the spine and rising up the sushumna, this coupled with visions of stars, the moon, planets, the sun and the hearing of pure inner sounds (nada), such as symbols, a conch, the pealing of bells, thunder and so on and the meeting of spiritual beings that provide insights into, for example, the nature of Turya (the substratum state or self-illuminating screen of consciousness upon which the other states - waking, dreaming a deep sleep - appear).

The Freefloating State Of Mind

Lapses in consciousness may last for seconds, several minutes, or more than an hour. They may range from a simple loss of consciousness to entrance into a full-fledged dream. They may be singular and rare, or may occur several times over the course of a minute. Whatever a lapse entails, the mind attains a mode of operating that is ideal for phase experimentation, provided the practitioner is able to refrain from deep sleep and quickly return to a conscious, waking state.

The yoga sutras of patanjali

The Sutras also nullify the popular notion that Yoga is about 'always being in the present.' While clarifying perception in present time is a positive thing, Yoga teaches that any mental activity, a pleasant memory, a vividly imagined future, or deep sleep, can be appropriate and enjoyable under the right circumstances.

Which meditative asana to practise

Sitting in a comfortable chair is often recommended for meditational and pranayama practices. However, we don't advise this for it quickly leads to discomfort the body will slump forwards, one will move and be continually aware of the body. This will occur in even the plushest armchairs, unless of course you relax so much that you fall asleep. So we emphasize that you should not practise while sitting in a chair of any kind. If, however, there is some physical reason why you cannot take any position but one in a comfortable chair then you should by all means do so. Shavasana could also be used for meditation if necessary but as we have previously mentioned it is not recommended because it is so conducive to sleep.

The Ida and Pingala Balance

Many people think that in meditational practices one only needs to sit and close the eves, and one will be instantly transported to the realms of bliss. But this is most unlikely. Mere closing of the eyes, even in padmasana, will probably at the most lead to a little peace, a psychic movie show, but more likely a deep sleep. There should be balance between the ida and pingala before starting meditational practices.

The implications of kundalini

Sustains from the level of the mooladhara chakra. The kundalini is said to dream at this level it is the dream of everyday wakeful life. While she sleeps, man retains a strong sense of individuality and self-centredness he is awake only to the world of name and form, and unaware of the untapped potential that is his heritage. At this level, man is really asleep it is the tamasic state of being. The situation can be summarized as follows when the kundalini sleeps in mooladhara, then man is awake to normal levels of being this is really deep sleep. When kundalini wakes up, then man as an individual begins to arouse from his twenty-four hours a day waking slumber.

The Yogic State Part Immersion

I returned home after a long day that included teaching an evening course. It was about 10 30 p.m. and my wife was comfortably settled into the couch, watching a television show that I like. I wanted to be with my wife and to watch the show. However, I did not want to fall asleep on the couch fully clothed, teeth unbrushed, generally unprepared for bed. So I decided to first brush my teeth and to change into pajamas. The next 10 minutes were revealing. When I started, in some haste, the brushing and changing, my mind was entirely on my wife and on the show that I was missing. My state was one of frustration I didn't want to be here, doing this I wanted to be in the living room.

Prayer For A Karma Yogin

Thou art Atma Buddhi is Thy consort, Parvathi (who is born of mountain) the Pranas are Thy attendants this body is Thy house the action of sensual enjoyment is Thy worship deep sleep is the establishment of Samadhi walking by my feet is the perambulation around Thee all my speeches are Thy praise whatever actions I perform, are all Thy worship Oh Shambhu

Nadi Shodhana Channel Clearing Breath

Nadi Shodhana means clearing the channels of circulation and is sometimes known descriptively as alternate nostril breathing. This pranayama exercise has a quieting effect and is very helpful in reducing mental turbulence associated with anxiety and insomnia. In Nadi Shodhana, you use your right hand to control the flow of breath through your nostrils. Your thumb is positioned over the right nostril, while your third and fourth fingers are over the left. Nadi Shodhana has a relaxing effect on your mind and body. It can be useful to quiet your mind prior to beginning mantra meditation or when your mind is racing when you are trying to fall asleep. By softening the breath through Nadi Shodhana, you invoke a state of calm inner awareness.

The path of darkness and the path of light

This laya is the greatest block during medi-tational techniques it is the obstacle of unconsciousness. People reach a certain stage in their practices where they are unable to maintain awareness. They get lost in a hazy reverie or fall asleep. To progress in unfolding one's dormant potential and to tread the spiritual path, one must pass beyond this laya.

Alexander Furmenkov Student Saint Petersburg Russia

I woke up at early in the night after some difficulties with falling asleep. Blurred images started to float before my eyes and I realized that I could enter the phase. I started to discard unnecessary images, and after getting ahold of one of them, I emerged in some kind of a yellow corridor. The level of general realness and awareness of the experience was about 80 to 90 of that of reality. I remembered about the methods for deepening, which is why I started to look at everything going on around me, but this did not yield any serious results. I started to touch myself, but all sensation seemed somewhat dampened. I realized that I was losing awareness. I came round, but nevertheless fell asleep in about 20 seconds. Questions Is it possible to call the technique used in this description a direct technique What specific technique for creating the phase was employed Which separation technique did Alexander use What could have been the reason for the dampened sensation and inability to...

Rest immediately after completing practice

When you have completed shankhaprak-shalana and the two supplementary practices then you should take complete rest for forty-five minutes. Don't sleep merely sit quietly. If you wish you may lie down, but we emphasize that you take care not to fall asleep. If you do sleep you may get a thumping headache. This short period of time is important for your whole digestive system to take a well-earned rest. Rarely does your digestive system take total rest, for it is almost continually digesting food. Even when it is not digesting food, it does not completely rest, for then it takes the opportunity to clean out the digestive tract of debris, impurities and waste particles of food. This forty-five minutes is a time for the digestive system to revitalize itself.

The Philosophy of Non Dualism

Dualism supposes that there is a subject-I and an object, the individual self versus the world, man versus God, a thinker versus the thoughts he thinks, and so on. But in the philosophy of non-dualism, these are all only concepts, ideas, or imaginings, which we hold to be real, only because of attention to them as they arise in the waking consciousness. According to the philosophy of non-dualism, as soon as the Self is enquired into, these ideas of a separate self just vanish. The ideas of a conscious mind, subconscious mind, unconscious mind, even superconscious mind to one who has enquired into the Self, are only that, ideas (concepts-images-impressions), having no real existence, apart from attention to them in the waking state. The idea of a waking state, dream state, and deep sleep, even the idea of a fourth state beyond, impartially Witnessing those three, again, to the non-dualist, are only concepts or ideas of the waking mind with its need for a fixated attention, or need to...

Duration Of An Attempt

Rigid timeframes apply while performing direct techniques before a sleep or in the middle of the night. Direct techniques attempts should only last 10 to 20 minutes. Longer durations inhibit sleepiness because the mind will concentrate too long on the techniques, and the desire to fall asleep will dissipate, resulting in insomnia that often lasts several hours. Overdone efforts negatively affect natural

Necessity of a good sleep

About one third of our life should be spent in sleep. Deprivation of sleep leads quickly to psychosis, hallucination and disorientation, as well as psychosomatic disorders. This has been tested by scientific experiments. So make sure that you obtain sufficient deep sleep. If necessary you should learn the art of sleeping. One method is to utilize yoga nidra.

Sleep Medicine

According to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National institutes of Health, 10 to 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic insomnia, which is defined as sleeplessness lasting for more than a month. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. population experiences some form of insomnia each year, most commonly chronic-intermittent insomnia, in which periods days orweeks) of insomnia alternate with periods of good rest. Researchers have discovered that behavioral changes, including relaxation techniques designed to increase body-mind awareness, can be a balm for restless sleepers. Unfortunately, sleep medicine is not extensively taught in medical schools, says Sat Bir Khalsa, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a yoga and sleep disorders researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Khalsa is troubled by the tendency of many doctors to prescribe insomnia medication. Drugs may not treat the underlying problem when people...

Deeper Peace

An inability to get to sleep is one of the most common problems that returning soldiers face. A hyperactive nervous system simply doesn't allow a body to shut down for the night. Yoga may help returning service members get temporary relief from insomnia, but it can also, if practiced regularly, imbue them with a deeper sense of mental calm, so they can reestablish normal sleep patterns. Patricia Lillis-Hcarnc, an acti ve-duty military doctor in Maryland, spent a year in Iraq. When she came home, she found herself suffering from neurological problems similar to her patients'. Even though I'm a doctor and I'm supposed to be older and wiser, I wound up coming back with a certain amount of baggage of my own, she says.

Why Cant I Sleep

On the other hand, we have the insomniacs. If you have trouble getting to sleep, common sense will probably tell you to lay off the caffeine, especially in the evening, and not to eat a whole pepperoni pizza at midnight. Stress is a common cause of insomnia, too. How can you sleep if your mind is abuzz with the worries of the day Maybe you aren't purposefully sabotaging your body's ability to snooze, but if you nevertheless can't seem to catch even a few winks, try the following > Meditate. Evening meditation can calm and still your mind, making sleep easier. Many wise yogis sit in full lotus in meditation so that if or when they fall asleep, they won't fall over > Shavasana is as good for insomnia as it is for fatigue. See Chapter 19. > To help you get to sleep, take a warm bath before bed, and don't eat for at least six hours before bedtime.

Early Adopters

Believes that if 40- and jo-year-olds who grapple with insomnia had started practicing yoga and meditation as adolescents, they wouldn't now be facing sleepless nights. Likewise, he says, if adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity had learned yoga in high school, their health outcomes might have been different. Arecent study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that people who practiced yoga were more likely to eat mindfully that is, to be aware of why they ate and to stop eating when full. In fact, the increased body awareness learned through yoga had a greater effect on participants'weight than did the exercise aspect of the practice.

Basic Training

Cole recommcnds that people with insomnia do a vigorous yoga practice that builds up a sweat in the late afternoon or early evening. Vigorous exercise heats the body But from the time the exercise is finished until bedtime, the body gradually loses heat. By bedtime, the core has cooled but the skin is still warm, promoting the ideal body-temperature balance to encourage sleep. Like Dyer, Cole recommends taking a few minutes right before bed to do a gentle yoga sequence designed specifically for sleep and meditation to calm the mind and help ease the transition to slumber. For some chronic insomniacs, Cole also advises a program of sleep restriction

Better Medicine

For many people with HIV, the medications, infamous for their unpleasant side effects, just add to the burden of the disease. Antiretroviral medications are known to cause nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite, and they may cause liver damage, increase levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fat in the blood), raise blood pressure, and increase the risk of heart disease. The good news is that yoga seems to also help here. Researchers at

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Whether you experience chronic or intermittent insomnia, a program of relaxing asana and easy meditation performed at bedtime can help you slow down mind and body and ease the transition into slumber, says yoga teacher and sleep scientist Roger Cole. If you are going to fall asleep, you have to set up local conditions for sleep, says Cole, who also writes Yoga Journal's Anatomy column (seepage in). This means keeping your sleeping space adequately dark and comfortable, and your skin warm but your core COOK Also, you must fee) calm. Anxiety7 activates the amygdala, apart of the brain involved with the regulation of emotions. And that can signal other parts of the brain to trigger physical stress reactions, such as a racing heart, high blood pressure, and tense muscles,

Scheduled To Sleep

If you are that four-hour sleeper and your assigned bedtime is 11 p.m., then you'll get up at 3 a.m. Keep this up for a few days and you'll retrain your body to sleep until your designated time. Once you've slept solidly for three or four nights in a row, you can gradually increase those designated sleep hours as needed. Cole says that people who stick to this program experience insomnia relief within a couple of weeks and usually see lasting results after about six weeks. Keeping to her new schedule isn't always easy, but Moscowitz knows it holds the cure for her insomnia. If I don't stick with it, I really feel the difference.

Cold wash

It is very easy to lapse into a state of drowsiness during your practice in fact, if your mind is not accustomed to early rising, then you may easily fall asleep during the practice. You may have pleasant dreams but it will not lead you anywhere on the yogic path. One good method of reducing the likelihood of falling asleep is to take a cold shower before beginning your practice. If it is too cold, then you should at least wash your face with cold water. Ifyou feel sleepy during your practice, we strongly suggest that you again wash your face with cold water, or take another shower.

Body Position

Many hold a belief that the correct pose is that of a corpse - lying on the back without a pillow, legs and arms straightened. This notion has probably been borrowed from other practices claiming that it helps achieve an altered state of mind. However, this position seriously impairs the efforts of the majority of practitioners. The corpse pose should only be used when it is probable that a practitioner will quickly fall asleep while performing techniques in this pose, even though it generally prevents sleep. If a practitioner experiences difficulty falling asleep and is constantly awake while performing direct techniques, then the most comfortable position for the individual should be used. If sleep comes quite easily to a practitioner, a less natural position should be taken. If a practitioner experiences fewer gaps in consciousness when the techniques are performed and has a harder time falling asleep, a more comfortable a position should be used. Depending on the situation, there...

Conscious Awakening

Intention upon falling asleep This is the very important to successfully achieving conscious awakening. A very clear scientific fact has been proven by somnologists (scientists who study sleep) upon awakening, people usually think about what they had been thinking about before falling asleep. This phenomenon is easy to observe if the sleeper is experience a serious life problem they fall asleep with the problem and wake with it. So, in a case like this, if difficulties at the front of the mind are replaced with a desire to practice the phase, this will produce the desired effect. It is not necessary to think solely about conscious awakening while falling asleep. It is sufficient to simply affirm the intention clearly and

Childs Pose

This pose releases all the muscles and allows the body to relax into the floor. In addition, the forehead is pressed into the mat and this slight pressure relaxes the head. Many children find this pose very peaceful and look forward to ending the practice with this pose. This pose is also a good way for your child to calm down or relax whenever he is agitated, or even before bed to help him get to sleep. There have been many nights when Stacey has done this pose in bed and felt relaxed and quieted enough to fall asleep. This pose does not require much strength or flexibility and most children feel confident performing it. The idea is that the pose is like a child folding himself up and burrowing into himself to provide self-nurture. Child's Pose is often favored by children with ASDs. It helps individuals shut out the world for a moment. Children love the feeling of being safe and secure. Rubbing your child's back while they are in this position can help increase feelings of security...

Russia

Actually, I was not planning to travel that night, but when I woke up around midnight I decided to try to enter the phase nevertheless. I started to perform phantom movements with my arms, but then a strong sleepy lethargy overcame me and I suddenly wanted to give up my attempts to enter the phase and simply fall asleep. However, I was persistent and continued to perform phantom movements with my arms. Instead of feeling the usual vibrations that occur when this technique is performed, I simply fell asleep and continued the phantom movements while dreaming. Because of that, my consciousness apparently did not fall asleep completely, and I became aware that I was dreaming. wiggling What should be done in this type of situation What was most likely lacking when the indirect technique was performed, and why did the experience end with Alexei falling asleep What techniques for deepening were used What could have been done to quickly fill the fridge with ready-to-eat food Which technique...

Auxiliary Factors

Using direct techniques in the evening or in the middle of the night take advantage of the body's natural state of fatigue and for practical purposes this natural tiredness may be amplified. For example, direct techniques more easily lead to success if the practitioner is considerably sleep-deprived. Moreover, in such a state, inducing a free-floating state of mind may be forgone. The most important thing is simply not to fall asleep immediately, in addition to employing the appropriate variations with the techniques. Willful deprivation of sleep is torturous and useless even though great results may be achieved by an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner in a severely fatigued state. Beginners are better off approaching all forms of practice in a natural, balanced way. An intense longing sleep is not limited to long periods of sleep deprivation physical and emotional fatigues also play important roles. In that case, the most important thing is not to fall asleep when performing...

Meditation Practice

It is important to maintain full awareness throughout the practice. This is not so easy because one tends to fall asleep, or become involved in the continuous stream of thoughts that invade your perception. But whatever happens you must not create more tension by trying too hard or suppressing thoughts. Let them arise but be aware of them. Awareness of them is sufficient in itself to help redirect your attention back on to the practice.

Instructions

This meditation is a reasonably long practice and it is very easy to fall asleep or lose track of the practice. If you have a friend who is also interested in yoga ask him or her to act as your yoga teacher using the instructions that we have given as a guide. Take it in turns to act as the instructor.

Sitting position

You should try to adopt the habit ofkeeping the back as straight as possible, but without strain. In this erect position it is far easier to locate the chakra and kshetram trigger points and to maintain awareness of rotation through these centres via the psychic pathways. If one sits with the back slumped forward one will easily fall asleep.

Working In Pairs

For example, the active practitioner lies down in bed while the helper stays nearby, waiting for the active one to fall asleep. When sleep occurs, the helper observes the eyes of the active, watching for the signs of REM sleep, which is mainly characterized by quick eye movements. When REM is apparent, the helper whispers to the sleeper, communicating that everything the practitioner is experiencing is a dream. The helper may vary the volume of the whisper, use touch to strengthen the signal, or shine a flashlight on the sleeper's eyelids - which is very effective. If the active practitioner is unable to stay in the dream, indirect techniques should be performed. The active practitioner should under no circumstances move upon awakening or waste valuable seconds before transitioning to indirect attempts. If phase entrance does not occur after exercising the techniques, the practitioner should again fall asleep with the intention of making another attempt.

Padmasana Lotus Pose

At last, the venerable lotus pose You've heard about it, maybe you've seen it, perhaps you've even tried it. Padmasana (pronounced pahd-MAH-sah-nah) represents a lotus flower open to the light (padma means lotus). It keeps the spine from sagging and keeps you comfortable in meditation for longer periods of time than other positions. It also keeps your body from toppling over if you fall asleep during meditation (many wise souls have ). The lotus position keeps your chest open, gives your diaphragm lots of room, and opens your Venus chakra (located behind your heart).

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To hold your upper arms closer together, you can practice with a belt looped around them just above the elbows (if the belt makes your arms fall asleep, you should loosen it or take it off). To ground your upper arms, use a wedge-shaped prop or a firm, folded sticky mat underneath your elbows.

The Big Ease

Are the exercises in the workout up to this point leaving you sore or tired Leave it to the Big Ease to iron out your kinks and help you relax. We call it the Big Ease because it's easy to do and it eases your body. The exercise relaxes your hips and stretches all the muscles in the side of your trunk and torso. It also lengthens your quadriceps muscles and releases tension in your hips, neck, and shoulders. You'll enjoy breathing more fully into your chest and lungs as you do this exercise just don't fall asleep

Rationale

Another trap in meditative practices is sleep. It is so easy for the practitioner to gain a little relaxation and, because this is such a rare thing, immediately start feeling drowsy and fall asleep. One must relax but remain wide awake. We have said this so many times before, but we are repeating it because this is a trap that many people fall into. Another trap is forced concentration. Many people realize the importance of concentration and try to force it, which causes tension and is not real concentration. Real concentration arises naturally through a relaxed mind. So we have a dilemma, either 1. Sleep If one tends to fall asleep then the mantra repetition and the movement of the mala will become unrhythmical or will stop altogether. This will tend to bring about wakefulness and if necessary one can wash the face with cold water. Of course, if you totally lapse into deep sleep then the breaking of the rhythm will not help. You will be dead to the world. But in this case you are...

Staying Fresh

As you go deeper into your core practice, you'll start to notice that in each session there arc encrgctic shifts. You might sense your energy softening, or you might feel yourself sinking, as ifyou were falling asleep or into a state deeper than sleep. You might feel sensations in the crown or

Interesting Fact

To avoid falling asleep requires a strong desire to return to wakefulness. This is accomplished by a strong resolve on the part of the practitioner, even if, while performing a direct technique, drifting in and out of sleep occurs. The practitioner must firmly assert that at

Samadhi

Samadhi is deep sleep with the full knowledge of the Self. You get this sleepless sleep when you have burnt the five Jnana Indriyas in the fire of Wisdom, when you have extricated yourself from the clutches of Avidya, Maya or ignorance and when you have controlled all desires.

Philosophy Of Sleep

Study the condition of Sushupti Avastha or Jada Nidra, the state of deep sleep. There is neither the play of the mind nor the play of the Indriyas. There are no objects. There is neither attraction nor repulsion (Raga, Dvesha). Wherefrom do you derive the Ananda in sleep The experience in sleep is universal. There is no difference of opinion here. Everyone says I slept soundly. I knew nothing. I was very happy in sleep. During deep sleep you rest in Sat-Chit-Ananda Atman and enjoy the Atmic bliss which is independent of object. The difference between deep sleep and Samadhi is that in deep sleep there is the veil of ignorance and in Samadhi this veil is removed. You draw four conclusions from sleep (1) You exist. There is feeling of continuity of consciousness. (2) There is Advaita. (3) You are Ananda Svarupa. (4) The world is Mithya. Names and forms are illusory. The world is a mere play of the mind. It is only a phenomenal appearance. When there is mind, there is world. If you can...

Sleep awareness

The onset of sleep is like descending into a deep well with a rope. One slips and falls into the well . . . one loses awareness and becomes lost in deep sleep. The psychic symbol is a means of descending into sleep without falling into the depths of unconsciousness. If you cannot do this practice, don't worry it is difficult to maintain awareness in the sleep state.

What Is Atman

Atman or Brahman is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute. It is different from the gross, subtle and causal bodies. It transcends the five sheaths (Pancha Koshas). It is the witness of the three states waking, dreaming and deep sleep. It is the support of the twenty-four Tattvas. It is distinct from Jiva and Ishvara who are associated with Avidya and Maya respectively. everything, the pure Atman, by the contact with the five sheaths, etc., appears to put on their respective qualities. Just as we attribute blue colour to the sky, so also we attribute on account of indiscrimination, the qualities and activities of the body and the organs to the pure, Satchidananda Atman. Passion, desires, happiness, misery, etc., exercise their functions only during waking and dreaming states when the intellect is present and are not present in the deep sleep, when intellect is absent. They, therefore, belong to the intellect and not to the Pure Nirvikara Atman. Egoism and the idea I...

Message Of Amrita

Meditate always I am pure consciousness, I am Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman. I am immutable, self-effulgent, immortal Self. I am the silent witness of the three states, viz., waking state, dream state and deep sleep state. I am distinct from the body, mind, Prana and senses. I am distinct from the five sheaths. You will soon attain Self-realisation. You will attain knowledge of the Self (Brahma Jnana). 'Soul' or 'Supreme Self or 'Atma' or 'Brahman' is that abiding, constantly existing and imperishable entity which is the basis of the world, which is indivisible, self-luminous, unchanging and all-pervading, which is the silent witness or SakShi of the three states, viz., waking, dream and deep sleep. The knower of this soul or Atma attains immortality and enters the abode of bliss and nectar.

Renewable Energy

The most dramatic effect that people notice is mental clarity, says Aadil Palkh-ivala, the co-creator of Purna Yoga and an Ayurvedic practitioner who has led detox asana classes around the world. At first the mind may become a little fuzzy because of the toxins being released and excreted. But soon you'll notice a definite increase in mental clarity. Your skin will become radiant, and you'll have profound deep sleep. You'll have much more energy and a feeling of being more alive.

Upadesamritam

Do not be deluded. Emotion is mistaken for devotion violent jumping in the air during Sankirtan for divine ecstasy falling down in swoon on account of exhaustion from too much jumping for Bhava Samadhi Rajasic restlessness and motion for divine activities and Karma Yoga Tamasic man for Sattvic man movement of air in the back due to rheumatism for ascent of Kundalini Tandri and deep sleep for Samadhi Manorajya or building castles in the air for meditation physical nudity for the Jivanmukti state.

Lesson Vii Pranayama

Prana is the oldest for, it starts functioning from the very moment the child is conceived. On the contrary, the organs of the body such as hearing, and so forth, begin to function only when their special abodes viz., the ears, etc., are formed. Prana is called the oldest and the best in the Upanishads because it gained the victory in the fight between mind and the five organs. In the end mind and the five organs unanimously declared O Master O Prana the supporter of this universe and the supporter of our very lives, the first-born Adorations unto thee Thou art really great. Do not depart from this body. We shall serve thee. We duly acknowledge thy superiority. Prana functions even while the mind is absent during deep sleep.

Types Of Techniques

The effectiveness of indirect techniques is not dependent on the length of the prerequisite sleep cycle. Indirect techniques can be used while exiting a full night's sleep, after a daytime catnap, or following several hours of deep sleep. The most important thing is that there is a lapse of consciousness into sleep before implementing the techniques.

Summary

Dualism supposes that there is a subject-' and an object, the individual self versus the world, man versus God, a thinker versus the thoughts he thinks, and so on. But in the philosophy of non-dualism, these are all only concepts, ideas, or imaginings, which we hold to be real, only because of attention to them as they arise in the waking consciousness. According to the philosophy of non-dualism, as soon as the Self is enquired into, these ideas of a separate self just vanish. The ideas of a conscious mind, subconscious mind, unconscious mind, even superconscious mind to one who has enquired into the Self, are only that, ideas (concepts-images-impressions), having no real existence, apart from attention to them in the waking state. The idea of a waking state, dream state, and deep sleep, even the idea of a fourth state beyond, impartially Witnessing those three, again, to the non-dualist, are only concepts or ideas of the waking mind with its need for a fixated attention, or need to...

Cueing Technologies

Of all non-autonomous assistance methods, cueing technologies yield the best results. The operating principle behind cueing technologies is quite simple a device detects rapid eye movement (REM) and sends signals to a sleeping practitioner, prompting dream consciousness or an awakening that may be followed by indirect techniques. Cueing programs or devices may also send indicators over specific intervals of time these are received during REM sleep and are meant to cause a sleeping practitioner to awaken and attempt indirect techniques. More sophisticated REM-detecting technologies may be purchased at specialized stores or through online merchandisers. REM-detecting technologies work by virtue of special night mask equipped with a motion sensor that detects the frequency of specific eye movements that occur during REM sleep. When the eye movements reach REM quality, the device sends discreet signals to the practitioner through light, sound, vibrations, or a combination of these. In...

Yoga Nidrasana

The shoulderstand creates intense sensations throughout the neck, but the medical correlates of this are not obvious. It is an article of faith and experience among hatha yogis that this posture has beneficial effects on a wealth of functions regulation of metabolism and mineral balance by the thyroid and parathyroid glands, beneficent influences on the larynx and speech, and salutary effects on immune function in the thymus gland and tonsils. But aside from anecdotal reports that practicing the shoulderstand is a good remedy for sore throats and nervous coughs (especially in children who are unable to fall asleep), and that vigorous practice of the classic posture and its variations enhances thyroid function in those who have mild hypothyroid conditions that are not due to iodine deficiency, we do not have much to go on. And without data reported in the peer-reviewed literature, there is little we can say other than agree that such effects are possible but unsubstantiated.

Experience Anubhava

It is the experience of joy (or peace) in the state of vijnana free of all activities and similar to deep sleep. This is also called the state of kevala nirvikalpa (remaining without concepts). It is the state of unceasing peace of mind, which is found in the state of absolute quiescence, jagrat-sushupti (lit. sleep with awareness) which resembles inactive deep sleep. In this state, in spite of the activity of the body and the senses, there is no external awareness, like a child immersed in sleep* (who is not conscious of the food given to him by his mother). A yogi who is in this state is inactive even while engaged in activity. This is also called sahaja nirvikalpa samadhi (natural state of absorption in oneself without concepts). The Self means the embodied being. It is only after the energy, which was latent in the state of deep sleep, emerges with the idea of 'I' that all objects are experienced. The Self is present in all perceptions as the perceiver. There are no objects to be...

Ardha Navasana

Khechari Mudra

The spirit is said to roam freely unfettered by the bonds of the body. The third condition is that of sound sleep, where we have neither dreams nor desires. It is called susupti. In it the soul is said to become temporarily one with Brahman and to enjoy bliss. In deep sleep we are lifted above all desires and freed from the vexations of spirit. . . . The soul is divine in origin, though clogged with the flesh. In sleep it is said to be released from the shackles of the body and to regain its own nature. . . . But this (that is, the eternal dreamless sleep) is likely to be confused with sheer unconsciousness. . . . The highest is not this dreamless sleep, but another, a fourth state of the soul, a pure intuitional consciousness where there is no knowledge of objects internal or external. In deep sleep the spirit dwells in a region far above the changeful life of sense in absolute union with Brahman. The turiya condition brings out the positive aspect...

Attainment Arudha

If that were so there would not be any difference between that state and the state of deep sleep. Further how can it be said to be the natural state when it exists at one time and not at another This happens, as stated before, to some persons according to their karma (prarabdha) for some time or till death. It cannot properly be regarded as the final state. If it could it would mean that all great souls and the Lord, who were the authors of the Vedantic works (jnana granthas) and the Vedas, were unenlightened persons. If the supreme state is that in which neither the senses nor the mind exist and not the state in which they exist, how can it be the perfect state (paripurnam) As karma alone is responsible for the activity or inactivity of the sages, great souls have declared the state of sahaja nirvikalpa (the natural state without concepts) alone to be the ultimate state. Turiya means that which is the fourth. The experiencers (jivas) of the three states of waking, dreaming and deep...

Shakti Mudra

Shakti Mudra

Do as needed, or three times a day for 12 minutes. The Shakti Mudra intensifies the respiratory impulse in the lower chest area. You can increasingly perceive breathing in the pelvic area. It has a calming effect and will help you fall asleep at night. If it is done too often or held for too long, it may also lead to lethargy. It can bring pleasant relaxation to the pelvic area. As a result, it can counteract spasms in the intestines, or even menstrual complaints. I am frequently asked for advice about difficulties in falling asleep. One of the following tips always works

Types of yoga nidra

There are hundreds of different types of yoga nidra. There is almost no limit to the variety that a teacher can bring into his or her lessons. Specific types can be given to remove diseases, others to remove dullness. Some can even be taught specifically to induce deep sleep this is an example we have given in technique 5 in Part 3. The practice should be chosen according to the discretion and intuition of the teacher.

So Hum Meditation

We recommend that you practice this technique for twenty to thirty minutes twice daily. We encourage you to perform it soon after awakening and again before dinner. Although some people find that if they meditate before bed they may have difficulty getting to sleep, you may find that by meditating at bedtime, you are able to turn off your mental turbulence from the day's activity and fall asleep easily after you have completed your meditation practice.

The sound link

For the practitioner, the voice is very important. It is the link that enables you to maintain awareness while exploring the deeper layers of the mind. Without a guiding voice you will surely lapse into sleep (which is, however, perfectly acceptable in cases where the practitioner is very tired and perhaps suffers from insomnia). Do not intellectualize about the instructor's words. Do not try to remember them. Just follow them spontaneously without too much effort. Flow with the sound of the voice. Time of practice you can practise at any time during the day and night, though not immediately after meals wait for an hour or so. Practise when you feel physically and or mentally tired. If you suffer from insomnia or disturbed sleep, practise yoga nidra in bed at night.

Epilogue

Raja Yoga is actually Ashtanga Yoga as taught in the Yoga Sutras of Patenjali and explained in greater detail and commentary by Vivekananda in his short work, Raja Yoga. The purpose of Raja Yoga is to isolate and abide in and as the seer. Practices are (i) yamas, (ii) niyamas, (iii) asana, (iv) pranayama, (v) pratyahar (withdrawal of the senses from objects), (vi) the experience of the field in consciousness without the idea of a subject object, i.e., to know something directly as an experience of knowledge, (vii) isolation of the seer without any object whatsoever (to be awake in the dream state and when awake to the subconscious), and (viii) the relinquishment of the sense of I altogether (to be awake to the deep sleep state and when awake to the unconscious, wherein the world itself appears as a waking dimensionless dream having no space or time - the Turya state -nirvakalpa samadhi).

Rhythmical Breathing

The breathing of worldly people is irregular. In exhalation the breath goes out 16 digits, and in inhalation only 12 digits, thus losing 4 clear digits of breath in every act of inspiration and expiration. Now just imagine how much Prana is wasted every day by you at this rate If you can inhale 16 digits of Prana as in exhalation, everything is all right. There is absolutely no loss then. You will have rhythmical breathing. The Kundalini will be roused. Moreover, by practicing this exercise and making it part and parcel of your daily life, you will enjoy perfect rest, a rest that you have never known or enjoyed even in your deep sleep.

Verbal instruction

This practice is quite long and one can forget the order of the instructions or more likely fall asleep. If you have a friend who is also interested in yoga practices you can easily overcome this problem. One of you should assume the role of teacher and the other the role of student. The teacher can read out the instructions that we have given adding personal touches and advice where suitable, while the student carries out the practice. After this, of course, the roles are reversed.

Sarvangasana I

Advance Sarvanga Asana

The nerves are soothed and headaches - even chronic ones -disappear. Continued practice of this asana eradicates common colds and other nasal disturbances. Due to the soothing effect of the pose on the nerves, those suffering from hypertension, irritation, shortness of temper, nervous breakdown and insomnia are relieved. The change in bodily gravity also affects the abdominal organs so that the bowels move freely and constipation vanishes. As a result the system is freed from toxins and one feels full of energy. The asana is recommended for urinary disorders and uterine displacement, menstrual trouble, piles and hernia. It also helps to relieve epilepsy, low vitality and anaemia. It is no over-statement to say that if a person regularly practises Sarvangasana he will feel new vigour and strength, and will be happy and confident. New life will flow into him, his mind will be at peace and he will feel the joy of life. After a long illness, the practice of this asana regularly twice a...

Asanas Benefits

Ideally, asanas should be done amidst conditions of peace and harmony. It is in this manner that they will most effectively purge the system of all types of abnormalities, whether physical, pranic or mental. This is one of the reasons why a sojourn in a quiet haven, combined with yogic practices such as asanas, is so therapeutic. Furthermore, asanas give greatest benefits if you simultaneously change food habits, sleep habits, etc. so that they are more conducive to well-being. The habits here are the ones that are obviously detrimental to good health. We won't discuss them here for you are more than likely fully aware of them. Even if you don't change inharmonious habits, asanas will still help to bring about good health, but they work less successfully and efficiently. In fact, without this effort to reorientate your way of life, they will probably only manage to maintain the status quo and prevent you going further down the ro ad to ill health. We don't want you to become a...

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