What is the difference between Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Savasana?
Meditation is a state of being. It is the witness state of being in choice-less awareness.
Yoga Nidra is the Yoga of sleep. It can be self induced however it is most popular as a form of guided meditation more likened to hypnosis. The practice of Yoga Nidra takes us to a place of the body completely relaxed and mind completely alert. This is a harmonization of Alpha and Theta predominant brainwaves.
Any term ending in, “Asana,” is a posture or position to help one achieve the relaxation needed to find the state of meditation. Asana literally means, “To find one’s seat.” This is a position used at the end of a physical practice of exercises. It gives the practitioner the opportunity to rest in awareness.
The state of meditation can be found in the practices of Yoga Nidra and Savansana.
Truly there are only three entry points into meditation.
1. Physical movement such a a sport, dance, walking running or cleaning. This can easily trip the brain into a trance as the potential brainwaves fire every 90 seconds.
2. Creative visualization, guided meditation, or hypnotic suggestion.
These first two are ways to settle into meditation.
True Meditation is accomplished by these three things:
1. Sit up straight.
2. Close the eyes.
3. Focus on the breath coming in and out of the nostrils paying close attention to the quality of the air across the inside front edges of the nostrils.
That is it.
People often confuse the gateways and triggers to help get into meditation as the act of meditating.
When the body finds the state of meditation and is in need of sleep — it usually sleeps. Let it! This is very rejuvenative!
Go with it.
Visualization is just that. Imagining is just that.
Guided Meditation is a great choice to help the body relax which in turn allows the mind to relax.