The purpose of Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is 2 fold:
- to induce relaxation by rotating awareness thru the different parts of the body
- to clear all the nerve pathways to the brain
In other words, we relax the mind, by relaxing the body.
The purpose of Meditation is to reconnect and remember our true self.
If you would like to practice either yoga nidra or use a guided meditation, then I recommend downloading these recordings by Rod Stryker. This is who I am studying with, and you will use these recordings many times.
Or get his free app “Sanctuary” for yoga practices.
By Mary Bruck – a doctoral Ayurvedic practitioner practicing Ayurveda in Boulder, CO