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Old 04-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
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Yoga of dreaming?

Recently I heard this concept of Dreaming Yoga. Being a big fan of lucid dreams, I was wondering: does this have anything to do with Lucid Dreaming? I'd love to find out more about this.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:44 AM   #2
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What is lucid dreaming?
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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No, Lucid dreaming is not Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is something entirely different. Yoga Nidra, meaning Yogic sleep is a technique Yogis's use to achieve deep sleep states while staying fully awake. The method usually is divided into 3 stages:

1) Lying down in corpse pose in a dark or dimly lit room with eyes closed, then progressively relaxing every part of the body systematically. This is usually done by first relaxing the front right hand side of the body. Then doing the same on the front left hand side. Then doing the back of the body. This is usually done for 2-3 rounds before proceeding to the next step.

2) Then rhythmic breathing is done in different parts of the body(abdomen, chest, throat and nose) This is done for 2-3 rounds before proceeding to the next step.

3) Then visualization of random images is done rapidly, holding no image for more than 15 seconds. (This mimics the dream state)

Usually Yogic Nidra also uses a suggestion or affirmation which is repeated 3 times at the start of Yoga Nidra and then 3 times at the end. It is similar to a hypnotic suggestion and it is believed Yoga Nidra facilitates the internalization of the suggestion.

It is claimed that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 3-4 hours of good sound sleep. The more one does Yoga Nidra, the less need is there for sleep. Yoga Nidra is basically a form of self-hypnosis.


Now Lucid dreaming. Lucid Dreaming refers to a state when one wakes up in a dream and realizes that they are dreaming. Thus a lucid dreamer can then consciously take control of their dream and visualize anything they want. This can prove to be a very useful technique navigate ones subconscious and unconscious mind and visualize situations, like troublesome situations. The modern techniques used to induce Lucid dreaming is basically a modern reworking of Dream Yoga, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:35 PM   #6
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So, in lucid dreaming one can take control of the dream they are having? What about a person dreaming of walking barefoot along a beach as the tide is coming in and the dream is so vivid that they can hear the waves, smell the salt air, feel the sand and water on their feet yet they know they are sleeping/dreaming even though it "appears" just as vivid as if awake. Is this also a form of lucid dreaming?
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:00 AM   #7
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Yes, that is a lucid dream. Any dream where one actually awakens in the dream is a lucid dream. However, there are limitations to what one can achieve in a lucid dream, but I think these limitations are probably due to lack of awareness or skill in controlling the state. For example, I have had lucid dreams where I am aware I am dreaming and then start to direct the course of my dream, but I still do not have full control over the content and course the dream takes, the subconscious still dictates much of that. I do however have some level of control in that I can influence what is happening through conscious thought.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #8
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I have lucid dreams very often since my accident where I received t.b.i.
Some are pleasant some not so pleasant
I will try the suggestions above
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