Lucid Sleeping (Yoga Nidra)

Lucid Sleeping

Also known as Yoga Nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. It is not the same as the similarly named “lucid dreaming”, though the two can be easily confused, since the practices that lead to lucid sleeping can also generate lucid dreaming. What further confuses the issue is that, as opposed to being completely separate experiences in kind, the two states are actually only different in degree, existing as they do at opposite ends of a particular slice out of the spectrum of consciousness. Hence, lucid sleeping can “slide into” lucid dreaming and vice versa, a fact which can cloud the real difference between the two.

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