The Yoga Relaxation TechniquePosted: Feb 18 in Lifestyle by Staff
Even if your car is kept in good condition, the engine will overheat if you run it for too long in bad conditions. Similarly, your mind will “overheat” when you run it for too long in bad circumstances, even if you generally keep it in good condition. Work, social life, and even recreation can make it difficult for modern people to avoid overtaxing their minds, and so they suffer from needless stress, anxiety, and even depression. Fortunately, yoga provides you with the tools you can use to counteract the harmful effects of a fast paced modern life.
The Corpse Pose
The corpse pose is the best yoga pose for deep relaxation. To get into the corpse pose, just lie on your back with your feet about a foot or two apart. Your arms should be at a 45 degree angle relative to your body. It’s best if you lie on a mat or other relatively soft surface for this exercise.
Keep Your Mind on Your Body
This technique involves consciously relaxing your body one part at a time. Start by concentrating on your feet. Tell yourself that your feet are relaxed, and try to feel your foot muscles unclenching and relaxing. Next, bring your attention to your calves, and consciously relax them. Next comes your thighs, and you can move up through the rest of your body in the same manner, ending with your neck and head.
Breathe Slowly and Rhythmically
As you focus on relaxing, you should be breathing slowly and rhythmically. Inhale for about 5 seconds, hold your breath for about 3 seconds, exhale for about 5 seconds, and hold again for another 3 seconds. This kind of slow, even breathing will help your mind slow down and achieve a state of balance and calm.
The Spiritual Aspect
To achieve a truly deep state of relaxation, you must include a spiritual element to this practice. So as you perform the above steps, it can help to try to hold an awareness of an all pervading, all powerful, joyful energy or presence that spreads throughout the universe. Feel it pervade your body and mind, connecting you to the source of all power and knowledge. This identification of your self with this universal presence helps rid you of your attachments to thoughts that cause worry and stress, completing the relaxation process.
To get the greatest benefit from this practice, you should do it every day for 10 to 20 minutes. Do it after you do your other yoga poses, or right before going to sleep.
The modern world is full of distractions and stress. To restore your energy and emotional balance, relax deeply with this yoga technique. You’ll soon find that you can get through the day with a lot less difficulty.