Origin of Yoga Nidra

The meditation system Yoga NidraTM was created by Svāmī Satyānanda Sārasvatī (1923-2009), this guru was direct disciple of Svāmī Śivānanda. He researched information about ancient tantric rites – most important of them Nyāsa - in the ancient tantric scriptures and compared this knowledge with the opinions and discoveries of western scientists to offer the world this discipline with a deeply grounded credible base and in a way it could be practiced by anyone. When he was young and living in his guru’s āśram he experienced that during the dream a part of consciousness remains and that it is possible to acquire new knowledge without passing through the awakened mind and senses. He started his research around the 40th, going through ancient rituals and tantric practices and composed an easier system that he called Yoga Nidra, keeping the essence of the old practices but withdrawing the complicate rituals, so that it became approachable for everyone, independent of its culture or religion, and without the need of previous knowledge. He made several experiments with himself and his disciples, however, beyond doubt the most spectacular results, were the ones he attained by instructing his disciple and actual successor Svāmī Niranjānanda Sārasvatī, whom he taught 11 languages and transmitted the sacred scriptures and texts of all religions and cultures meanwhile he was in Yoga Nidra state. This discovering inspired other techniques as the suggestopedia and superlearning. Nevertheless the aim of Yoga Nidra is beyond any learning, and that is how Svāmī Satyānanda transmitted it in his teachings and books. Nowadays Yoga Nidra is taught in all Satyananda Yoga centers and it is also used within spheres related to health, psychology and education.