Author(s): Yogitha Bali M.R
Yoga nidra is said as the art of relaxation. Within the last century or two, diseases have sprung up with new dimensions, expressions, manifestations and this has reached a peak in the last few decades. Medical science has put an end to the great plagues of the past, but we are now faced with a new epidemic of stress-related disorders caused by our inability to adapt to the highly competitive pace of modern life. Psychosomatic illness such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, thyroid disorders, migraine, asthma, ulcers, digestive and skin disorders are said to arise from the tensions of body and mind. The leading causes of death in developed countries like cancer and heart disease also stem from tension. Though Modern medical science has been trying to tackle these problems in many ways, but have failed to deliver the good necessary health to man. This is because the real problem does not lie in the body it originates from the man’s changing ideals, his way of thinking and feeling. The International problem today is not hunger, poverty, drugs or fear of war. It is tension, hypertension and the total tension. One who knows to free from tension and is able to balance the tensions control the emotions and anger will be able to control high blood pressure, heart disease etc diseases. Whether one thinks too much or don’t think at all, he accumulates tension. In the same way, whether one works or doesn’t work, sleep too much or doesn’t sleep at all, whether take a heavy protein diet, carbohydrate diet or a vegetarian diet, he accumulates tension. These tensions amass in the different layers of the human personality. They accumulate in the muscular, emotional and mental systems. Yoganidra deals the problems of tension with a wide periscope. In yoga, relaxation from tension is one of the chief concerns and thus by the practice of yoga nidra, the nature of mind can be changed, diseases can be cured and the creative genius can also be restored.