Last Sleeps: Yoga Nidra for End of Life

Yoga nidra is said to be as old as yoga itself; it developed as a meditation practice sometime between 500-600 CE. The first mention of yoga nidra’s purpose is written in the Upaniṣads, a series of texts that describe the nature of self realization and the universe.1 The particular practice from which it comes is nyāsa: “to place; to take the mind to that point.”2 In aṣṭāṅga yoga, the eight limbs of yoga, yoga nidra is a practice of pratyāhāra, drawing the senses away from extern

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