Let Nidra, Goddess of Sleep, Cure Your Insomnia
While researching the world of dreams I began to wonder, “Who are the gods and goddesses of sleep around the world?” There are many; the first I happened upon was Nidra, the Hindu goddess of sleep. Some sources refer to her as the female counterpart to Brahma, the Hindu creation deva who slept (consciously) between the creation of worlds.
Yoga nidra is “yogic sleep”, a state of deep sleep during which one remains conscious. It differs from lucid dreaming in that in lucid dreaming the sleeper remains aware of only the dream world. Yoga nidra is thought to bring about the deepest level of relaxation possible while the sleeper is able to maintain full consciousness. Practicing yogis report being able to experience this state during meditation. Yoga Nidra meditation is often taught to those experiencing insomnia and anxiety; it has also been used with success to treat veterans of war who suffer post traumatic stress disorder.
I’m not a yoga expert; I’ve casually studied and practiced yoga over the years since being introduced to it during my Hudson Valley childhood. While practicing yoga on Bainbridge Island, WA in the mid-90s, I experienced a state of yoga Nidra many times at the end of class during corpse pose; I was in a deep state of relaxed sleep, immobile but completely aware and able to hear my teacher speaking and my classmates breathing.
Currently, I’ve found yoga Nidra musical mantras available on Youtube to be helpful with insomnia. I’m sharing one of my favorites here: https://youtu.be/wnROVocfoho from the Mystical Valley Channel.
I’m happy to be on this *dream journey with all of you.
Sweet dreams. ~Maura
*This is also my second post for my dream residency at Ione’s 21st Annual Dream Festival
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