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Exploring the Fascinating Convergence of Yoga Nidra & Plant Medicine/Psychedelics

My journey with Yoga Nidra began nearly two decades ago, and although I might have dozed off during my initial encounter, it sparked a profound fascination that eventually led me to delve deep into this transformative practice. As the years passed, I immersed myself in the study of Yoga Nidra with a number of the main schools and methods. Parallel to my explorations with Yoga Nidra, I felt drawn to the world of entheogenic plant medicines recognizing a profound connection between these seemingly different paths of healing. While not everyone is drawn to plant medicine, I discovered that Yoga Nidra holds within it the potential to offer similar, albeit subtler, experiences, making it a practice of its own right but also an invaluable preparatory and integrative tool for those who embark on medicine/psychedelic journeys.

Understanding Plant Medicine & Psychedelics in a Healing Context

When I speak of plant medicine and psychedelics, it’s essential to clarify that I approach them with a focus on their healing potential that open us to our spiritual nature. I honour that these substances have been used recreationally and have brought significant shifts to many lives. However, in this context, I refer to their ceremonial and medicinal use with reverence for indigenous lineages around the world that have held and been guided by this wisdom for thousands of years.

The Captivating Realm of Consciousness

I’m profoundly interested in the vast realm of consciousness and both Yoga Nidra and plant medicine/psychedelic healing ignited my curiosity and fascination for the exploration of these realms. Yoga Nidra, a practice of deep relaxation and meditation, holds the potential to facilitate profound psychological shifts, expand sensory and spiritual awareness, and open doors to altered states of consciousness where all the magic happens. Plant medicine and psychedelics, such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, and san pedro (and many more), can induce altered states characterized by heightened sensory perception, shifts in thought patterns and so much more. These gifts from Mother Nature affect our personal and collective field of consciousness, rippling through time and space, influencing not only the present but also our ancestral lines and generations to come. The convergence of these practices is a captivating area of exploration, with profound connections evident in their influence on brain activity, altered states, and the potential for healing.

Unraveling the Influence on the Default Mode Network

An interesting overlap lies within the Default Mode Network (DMN), a network of brain regions responsible for self-referential thoughts, mind-wandering, and the construction of our sense of self. Both long-term meditation practices and the use of psychedelics have been shown to deactivate the DMN. When the DMN is active, it reinforces narratives centered around “I-me-mine thinking,” strengthening our egoic identity.

Deactivating the DMN opens a door to the Present-Centered Mode Network, leading to a dissolution of self-boundaries. This widening recognition of infinite possibilities allows for insights to arise, the positive to overcome the negativity bias, and individuals to experience a profound sense of interconnectedness with the universe. These experiences may give rise to insights often described by individuals during psychedelic journeys as well as yoga nidra journeyers, where they sense a quieting of the incessant thinking mind and may experience an increased feeling of unity with their surroundings.

Enhanced Brainwave Patterns

Beyond the DMN’s influence, both Yoga Nidra and psychedelics have a profound impact on brainwaves and bring the brain and heart into coherent patterns. Yoga Nidra’s meditative practice induces alpha and theta brain waves, associated with deep relaxation, heightened creativity, and access to the subconscious mind which is the driving force behind most of our behavioural and conditioned belief patterns. Similarly, psychedelics have been observed to induce changes in brainwave activity, often characterized by increased alpha and theta waves. These altered brainwave patterns likely contribute to the heightened sensory perception and altered states experienced in both practices, fostering profound healing and shifts in our psychology and physiology.

Unlocking the Potential for Deep Healing

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this convergence is the potential for deep healing. Both Yoga Nidra and psychedelic experiences have been linked to facilitating emotional processing, addressing childhood wounds, overcoming addictive patterns, healing relational issues, resolving health imbalances, and releasing psychological blockages. Participants often report transformative experiences, leading to increased self-awareness, personal growth, and healing from past traumas.

Embarking on a Profound Journey

The interplay between Yoga Nidra and psychedelics is a captivating journey into altered states of consciousness, brain function, and the potential for profound healing. The deactivation of the Default Mode Network during both practices appears to be a pivotal aspect that fosters a softening of personal identifications right through to ego-dissolution and nurturing a sense of our broader interconnectedness.

The influence on brainwave patterns and the potential for deep healing are indeed intriguing. As we continue to delve into this fascinating territory, we are bound to uncover more profound truths about ourselves and the body/mind/spirit connection. Whether we embark on a meditative journey with Yoga Nidra or venture into the realms of plant medicines, or catalyse the healing potential using both practices to complement each other, we embark on a profound exploration into the mysteries of consciousness. It is one filled with wonder and potential for healing, self-discovery, spiritual growth and provides essential medicine for our troubled times.


  • Irest course material
  • I AM Yoga Nidra, Amrit method course material
  • Heartmath Institute
  • Dr Joe Dispenza ‘Becoming Supernatural’


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