We regard yoga nidra as a powerful method of enhancing the learning process. It could be the learning system of the future. It not only helps to awaken the fountainhead of knowledge that lies within each individual, but also increases one’s ability to absorb data from outside sources.
Children spend most of their schooldays being continuously bombarded with facts and figures, most of which have no relevance to their lives. Understandably, most children are inattentive and absorb little of what is taught by their teacher. Most readers will have their own experience of this situation. Yet children are naturally intelligent and receptive. This implies that the inability to be attentive and to absorb information does not lie with the children but with the system of education.
Children (as well as adults) learn best when they are creatively involved. But in this modern world most of the child’s years in school are concerned with memorizing facts and figures. If this mechanical process could be shortened, then more time would be available for other things, and perhaps the school time could be drastically reduced. A child would learn more and be happier, and the teacher too. This is where the practice of yoga nidra comes in: it can be used to speed up the process of ‘swotting’ and memorizing the basic rules and facts of languages, maths, science and so forth. This would leave time for more creative pursuits.
Many adults are thirsty for higher education, want to study a language or, perhaps, a specialized subject. Instead of spending years and endless evenings slowly absorbing facts and figures, the whole process can be speeded up by using yoga nidra.
How does this process take place? The basic method is to practise yoga nidra for ten to fifteen minutes before the class begins. The students are relaxed, attentive and receptive. Facts and figures given by the teacher bypass conscious blocks in the mind and directly penetrate the subconscious mind. All the data is firmly impressed on the mind and retained permanently.
This method is currently being used, for example, at the Institute of Suggestology in Bulgaria, headed by Dr. Georgie Lozanov. He calls this method ‘suggestopedia’. It uses the yogic technique of shavasana, which is a simplified form of yoga nidra. He believes that the learning process can be speeded up by a factor of about 50, with increased retention and virtually no effort from the students. Many controlled tests have proved the feasibility and success of this method. At the Institute, records show that hundreds of people have, for example, learnt a two year language course in twenty days. Other groups have had equal success in mastering basic maths, physics, chemistry, biology and so on in a matter of weeks. The technique is being adopted by people from all walks of life inc luding students, professors and housewives.