Training attention for conscious non-REM sleep: The yogic practice of yoga-nidrā and its implications for neuroscience research.

  title={Training attention for conscious non-REM sleep: The yogic practice of yoga-nidrā and its implications for neuroscience research.},
  author={Stephen Parker},
  journal={Progress in brain research},

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