#31 – Where Does An Yogi Go, When He Goes To Sleep?


You’ve probably heard that as your sleep your body undergoes different phases of recharging and regenerating. According to Yoga & Ayurveda, sleep is the state of Tamas (darkness, inertia). Every night, we are spending 1 to 2 hours in the phase of deep sleep, which is the stage of the lowest brain activity. For that phase, the mind-body is resting in the causal world (or: bliss body, AnandamayaKosha). It’s a deeply healing “travel” to the core of our existence. But because it stays unconscious, sleeping is described as tamasic. According to Ayurveda, that’s also the time of night, when the most profound, regenerative processes are happening. Ideally, in the portion of the night governed by Pitta (between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.). Tune in to this episode to find out more and check out the show-notes for explanation of yogic vocabulary:

  • Anandamaya Kosha – the innermost of the five koshas or “sheaths” that veil the Atman or Supreme Self. Unlike the next three more outer koshas, it constitutes the Karana Sarira or causal body. It is associated with the state of dreamless sleep and samadhi
  • Jiva – the vital energy of life or: a living being, or any entity imbued with a life force, prana
  • Karana Sarira – causal body, portal to higher consciousness
  • Sushupti – deep sleep
  • Udana Vayu – the upward-moving division of prana

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