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Yoga-Nidra : Yogic Trance

Theory, Practice and Applications

Healing of body and mind through yoga is gaining immense significance at present as a world-wide science of therapy. In this context, yoga-nidra, a self-therapy technique of yoga and tantra, is important as an eff....read below

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Healing of body and mind through yoga is gaining immense significance at present as a world-wide science of therapy. In this context, yoga-nidra, a self-therapy technique of yoga and tantra, is important as an effective means of regulating the mind. In this volume, Dr. Panda, a noted philosopher and psychologist, yogi and tantrist, delves into the principles and practices of yoga-nidra based on materials from the tantras and Patanjali Yoga in an attempt to explain its benefits with special reference to modern medicine.

The book presents yoga-nidra as a scientific discipline that is a potent means to strengthen the body's immune system and thus to prevent and cure diseases and to regulate one's life patterns. It examines in detail the theory of yoga-nidra, going into the Indian concept of mind and personality. It establishes the psychological basis of yoga-nidra by comparing hypnotic trance and yogic trance and Freudian and Yoga-Vedanta psychologies. It then lucidly presents the techniques of yoga-nidra and deals with the applications of yoga-nidra with relation to curing of psychosomatic and other diseases of common occurrence and to solving current problems such as drug-addiction and stress-induced maladies.

This well-conceived and thorough research work will prove useful to scholars of ancient Indian medical science and psychology, particularly those concerned with study of yoga vis-a-vis modern medical problems and systems. It will be of equal importance for the general readers owing to its interesting subject matter, simple style of presentation and easy adoption by the non-adepts.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602430
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602433
  • Edition : 2nd impression
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : xxviii, 324p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Transliteration Chart 
Prologue 
Anknowledgements  
Abbreviations  
List of figures
  
1. THEORY OF YOGA-NIDRA 

The Original Myth of Yoga-Nidra 
Seers' Imitation  
Hypnotic Trance 
The Hidden Observer 
Four States of the Self  
Non-Discrete States 
The Whirls of the Citta and their Restraint 
What is Mind ? 
Consciousness  
Virad or Mahat  
The Evolution of Mind 
The Psychic Centres in the Subtle Body 
The Symbology of the Cakras 
Systems Controlled by the Cakras  
The Prana and the Sub-Pranas 
Network of Rivers and Rivulets 
Indian versus Freudian Depth Psychology 
Personality in Indian Psychology 
The Cause of Personality Difference  
Personality Types in Western Psychology  
The Sheaths : the Sites of Memory and Samskaras
Freudian Mind versus Yoga-Vedanta Mind 
The Conscious and the Unconscious of Yoga-Vedanta
The Meaning of Karma in Yoga-Vedanta 
Freudian Psychoanalysis 
Critique of Psychoanalysis 
The Psychological Basis of Yoga-Nidra 
Technique for the Induction of the Yoga-Nidra State
Sankalpa (Resolve) 
Nyasa as a Technique for the Shifting of Awareness
Prescriptions and Proscriptions for a Yogi 
Asanas and Pranayamas Preliminary to Yoga-Nidra

2. PRACTICE OF YOGA-NIDRA 

Steps preparatory to Yoga-Nidra 
Prana-Sancalana Kriya 
Asanas (Useful for Yoga-Nidra) 
Savasana (the Corpse Pose) 
Padmasana (the Lotus Pose) 
Siddhasana (the Accomplished Pose) 
Svastikasana (the Auspicious Pose) 
Sukhasana (the Easy or comfortable Pose) 
Sarvangasana (the Shoulder-Stand Pose) 
Halasana (the Plough Pose) 
Matsyasana (the Fish Pose) 
Pascimottanasana (the Back-stretching Pose)
Bhujangasana (the Cobra or the Serpent Pose)
Salabhasana (the Locust Pose)
Vajrasana (the Thunderbolt Pose)
Naukasana (the Boat Pose) 
Makarasana (the Crocodile Pose)
Surya Namaskara (Salutation to the Sun) 
Pranamasana (the Prayer Pose) 
Hasta-Uttanasana (the Raised Arms Pose) 
Padahastasana (the Hand to Foot Pose) 
Asva-Sancalanasana (the Equestrian Pose) 
Parvatasana (the Mountain Pose) 
Astanga Namaskara (Salute with Eight Limbs) 
Bhujangasana (the Serpent Pose) 
Parvatasana (the Mountain Pose)
Asva-Sancalanasana (the Equestrian Pose) 
Padahastasana (the Hand to Foot Pose) 
Hasta-Uttanasana (the Raised Arms Pose) 
Pranamasana (the Prayer Pose) 
Full Round of Surya Namaskara 
Precautions 
The Practice of Asanas in Order of Preference 
Pranayama  
Asanas for Pranayama 
Mudras for Pranayama 
Bandhas for Pranayama 
Nadi-Sodhana Pranayama 
Ujjayi Pranayama 
Yoga-Nidra 
Preparation (Prastuti) 
Relaxation (Sithilikarana) 
Resolve (Sankalpa) 
External Rotation of Consciousness (Bahirnyasa)
Internal Rotation of Consciousness (Antarnyasa) 
Visuddhi Cakra 
Anahata Cakra 
Manipura Cakra 
Svadhisthana Cakra 
Muladhara Cakra 
Ajna Cakra 
Mental Channel Purification through Reverse Counting (Saviloma Ganana Manasika Nadi-Sodhana)
Moving Visualization of Scenarios (Kalpanika Caladdrsya-Darsanam)
Images of Faith, Reverence and Love 
Familiar Trees 
Familiar Flowers 
Familiar Animals 
Familiar Birds 
Day and Night Scenario 
Seasonal Scenario 
Aquatic Scenario 
Green Scenario 
Worship and Death 
Resolve (Sankalpa) 
Finish (Samapti) 

3. APPLICATIONS OF YOGA-NIDRA

Applications of Yoga-Nidra Categorized 
Category-1: Stamping a Positive Thought 
Category-2 : The Negative of a Negative Thought
Category-3 : Annihilating the Pernicious  
Category-4 : Physiological Malfunctioning
Category-5 : Biochemical Abnormality 
Category-6 : Correcting and Potentiating the
Category-7 : Spiritual Attainment, Finally

4. Addenda 

The Tantric Nyasa 
Bahirmatrka Nyasa 
Antarmarka Nyasa 

Glossary (of Indic terms only) 
Bibliography 
Index
  

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