After all, you close your eyes, focus your attention, and follow the guided instructions of your teacher—perhaps altering your consciousness and heightening your concentration. But is it reminiscent of the controversial therapeutic practice? “Yes, but I believe the benefits are the opposite of getting hypnotized, which [in some cases] can make you weaker. In yoga nidra, you aren’t under the control of someone else. You are under control, you are your own self, and so you get stronger.