Yoga Nidra is een eenvoudige maar diepgaande ontspannings- en meditatietechniek aangepast door Swami Satyananda Saraswati uit een traditionele beoefening voor de moderne wereld.

  • Tijdens de beoefening in Savasana (liggend op de grond) pendelen lichaam en geest tussen waken en slapen heen en weer, een bewustzijnsstaat  waarin we diepe ontspanning kunnen ervaren en onze geest uiterst ontvankelijk is voor suggesties en positieve veranderingen.
  • Deze systematische methodiek brengt mentale, emotionele en fysieke ontspanning teweeg.
  • Yoga Nidra is geschikt voor iedereen, maar in het bijzonder voor degene die op zoek is naar diepe ontspanning binnen een kort tijdsbestek in ons drukke bestaan.

Britta volgde in 2017 succesvol de zes maanden durende intensieve Satyananda Yoga Nidra teachter training onder leiding van Swami Vedantananda Saraswati. Dagelijkse yoga nidra beoefening hebben haar positieve ervaringen in haar persoonlijke leven verdiept en ertoe geleidt dat ze naar de studio ging om haar eerste professionele yoga nidra geluidsopname te gaan maken.

Download of beluister een stuk van twee Yoga Nidras  hier en maak kennis met deze eenvoudige maar uiterst diepgaande ontspanningstechniek.


Yoga Nidra is a simple yet profound relaxation and meditation technique adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from a traditional practice for the modern world.

  • During the practice in savasana the mind and body are hovering in a state between sleep and awakeness, called nidra psychic sleep or sleep of the yogis with a trace of awareness.
  • Within this state we can experience deep relaxation and our mind is very receptive to suggestions and positive change.
  • This systematic method of inducing mental, emotional and physical relaxation is suitable for all practitioners but especially those seeking deep relaxation in a short amount of time within our busy lives.

Britta successfully followed the intensive six month Satyananda Yoga Nidra Teacher Training under the supervision of Swami Vedantananda Saraswati in 2017. After practicing daily and deepening her positive experience of yoga nidra on her personal live, she went to the recording studio to create her first professional yoga nidra recording.

Download or listen to a part of two Yoga Nidras here and get introduced to this simple yet profound relaxation technique.


“Relaxation does not mean sleep. Relaxation means to be blissfully happy; it has no end. I call bliss absolute relaxation; sleep is a different matter. Sleep gives only mind and sense relaxation. Bliss relaxes the ātma, the inner self; that is why, in tantra, Yoga Nidra is the doorway to Samādhi.”
Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga Nidra, pub. Bihar School of Yoga, 1976.

Yoga Nidra is a powerful relaxation and meditation technique derived from ancient tantra and developed by Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga. This technique induces deep body-mind relaxation with the ultimate goal of increasing self-awareness.

The Yoga Nidra technique enables you to remain aware while you enter into the dream and sleeping states of consciousness. The state of Yoga Nidra occurs when you can remain conscious during the deep sleep state (called prajna in the Mandukya Upanishad).

The technique is practical and easily accessible, while creating deep relaxation for health, mental peace and higher awareness. Ultimately, Yoga Nidra enables you to experience exalted states of higher consciousness.

The beginnings of Yoga Nidra

Few people realize that the Swami Satyananda is the originator of Yoga Nidra. He formulated the basis of this technique while serving as a disciple of his guru, the great yoga master Swami Sivananda, in Rishikesh, India during the 1940s and early 1950s.

Swami Satyananda describes how, as a young student, he fell asleep while a nearby group of people chanted mantras – many of which he had not heard before. Even though he was deeply asleep during the chanting, when he awoke and heard these mantras again, he seemed to know them. A yogi explained to Swami Satyananda that his subtle body had heard the mantras.

Nyasa – awakening subtle energy

The characteristic feature of Yoga Nidra is the systematic rotation of consciousness in the body, which originated from the tantric process of nyasa (meaning ‘to place’ or ‘to take the mind to a point’).

During nyasa, a yogi consciously touches various parts of his or her body while repeating mantras. When this is done in the prescribed manner, the yogi can awaken subtle energy within the physical matter of the body.

Yoga Nidra is for all of us

By making highly complex and advanced techniques accessible to everyone, Swami Satyananda has offered a great contribution to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Swami Satyananda recognized that complex and ancient tantric techniques had great potential, but needed to be translated to fit our modern lives. He saw a deep need for simple techniques with great power to reduce stress and suffering. He simplified the ancient yoga-tantra methods and made them both accessible and practical.

He also recognized that directing your awareness to a specific part of the body would relax and recharge that area – opening a doorway into other parts of the body and mind for further healing and rejuvenation.

As Swami Satyananda wrote, “The present system of Yoga Nidra, which I have devised, enables people who are unfamiliar with Sanskrit mantras to gain the full benefits of the traditional nyasa. It can be beneficially practiced by people of any religion or culture.”

[1] Saraswati, Swami Satyananda, Yoga Nidra, Bihar School of Yoga, 1976, p. 3

By Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati