Yoga nidrâ

[The Ocean] becomes the bed of the lotus-naveled Vishnu when at the termination of every Yuga that deity of immeasurable power enjoys yoga-nidra, the deep sleep under the spell of spiritual meditation.
— Mahabharata, Book 1, section XXI

Yoga nidrâ (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) also known as “yogic sleep” is a specific state of consciousness (usually induced by a guided meditation) which can be described as a a state between waking and sleeping. Shavasāna is an appropriate asana for yoga nidra.

 

Parker, S., Bharati, S. V., & Fernandez, M.. (2013). Defining yoga-nidra: traditional accounts, physiological research, and future directions.. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23(1), 11–6. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24016819

Markil, N., Whitehurst, M., Jacobs, P. L., & Zoeller, R. F.. (2012). Yoga Nidra Relaxation Increases Heart Rate Variability and is Unaffected by a Prior Bout of Hatha Yoga. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(10), 953–958.

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1089/acm.2011.0331
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Kjaer, T. W., Bertelsen, C., Piccini, P., Brooks, D., Alving, J., & Lou, H. C.. (2002). Increased dopamine tone during meditation-induced change of consciousness. Cognitive Brain Research, 13(2), 255–259.

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1016/S0926-6410(01)00106-9
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