Yoga Nidra to Clear the Mind
A bit like dreaming, a random image yoga nidra can be seen as a clear out of our subconscious junk drawer.
Sleep & dreams are often our sources of inspiration & revelation. We ‘sleep’ on a problem, we don’t ‘wake’ on a problem. It’s believed that Einstein’s theory of relativity was inspired by a dream he had about moving faster than the speed of light. And lots of creatives site discovering their best work in a dream.
Although there is much about sleep & dreams that we don’t know, we do know that it’s important for our brain. It seems that dreams offer the brain a chance to consolidate & calibrate memories, experiences & process emotions.
They also offer our subconscious a chance to practice or trial-run scenarios and to explore fears & disturbing experiences in the dream realm.
Interestingly during REM (rapid eye movement or dream sleep) our brain’s oxygen consumption is higher than when we’re awake solving a challenging problem - so we know that something pretty crucial for our brains must be taking place!
In the same way that dreams can be comprised of what appear to be quite random and sometimes bizarre images & scenarios, the random images sometimes offered in yoga nidra meditations also spark unrelated memory sequences.
Memories are stored in the temporal cortex which part of the brain which links to our emotion centre - the hypothalamus. This means that memories tend to be associated with specific emotions.
Triggering random memories & their associated emotions whilst in the relaxed state of yoga nidra offers the practitioner a chance to meet or process difficult emotions in a more relaxed state than they might when fully awake.
All this means that the brain has a chance to clear out it’s subconscious, including potentially long held, deeply-squirrelled-away, difficult emotional stores in a safe, non confronting way.
This can offer us more clarity & congruence between the conscious & subconscious parts of our mind.
Why not give it a try?