Stress is the curse of our present lifestyles. Everyone unfortunately suffers from it. The stress we experience in today’s hectic world, juggling families and jobs and being mobile, takes a heavy toll on our bodies, minds, and emotions. Unfortunately, the so-called relaxation time that we spend in front of the TVs does not help, neither does the hobbies that we often spend time doing to relax. What we really need is real Relaxation – to withdraw from the stress and the noise of modern life.
Today doctors acknowledge the link between nervous disorders, stress, and physical disease and often prescribe relaxation for their patients.
Proper Relaxation’s effectiveness is backed up by scientific research showing that deep relaxation oxygenates the body’s cells fully and efficiently, which helps combat infection, cancer, high blood pressure, and many other diseases. No other form of exercise other than Yoga combines proper and effective relaxation to help keep our physical body and emotions balanced.
Relaxation is a vital component of Hatha Yoga and different methods of relaxation are available. Your yoga practice will always commence with a five to ten minute relaxation and with the conclusion of each asana or posture remember to relax for a few minutes as this very important. It is a time for you to look inwardly, rejuvenate your body cells and enjoy the peace and the benefits that you obtain from doing your asanas. Each session of yoga should end with a relaxation session of at least fifteen minutes. You can also perform a series of yoga relaxation before you sleep. This is especially helpful if you suffer from insomnia, as it will help you relax both body and mind so you can drift off into restful slumber.
To be relaxed is a blessed thing. It is reminiscent of a beautiful ship riding easily through the roughest seas.
Relaxation is a natural biological process. In relaxation, subtly all the biological systems in the body are returning to balance. The muscles soften; the racing heart slows down; and the digestive system starts working again. The body is repairing and balancing itself. Subtly this instinctively feels good, which is why we do love it.
Asanas for Relaxing
Any one of the asanas mentioned below are suitable for you to relax. It is recommended that you perform these asanas on your yoga mat. However, in the event that you wish to enter into deep sleep after your relaxation you can perform these on your bed.
# 1 Corpse Pose
Lie down on your back on you mat
Place your feet together and your arms by the side of your body. Inhale and exhale
Now part your feet about two feet away with your toes falling out
Place your arms away from your body, with your palms facing upwards
Close your eyes and commence the Relaxation Sequence
Why the Corpse Pose? This pose quiets the mind and restores energy; balances the nervous system. It also eases strain n the heart by placing the entire body at the same level. Corpse Pose permits deep, relaxed breathing.
# 2 Reclining Twist Pose
Lie on your back with your arms out on the sides, palms facing downwards
Bend your knees and place the feet n the floor near the pelvis, hip-width apart
Keeping your feet on the floor, exhale and twist your lower body to a side
Why Reclining Twist Pose? This posture is excellent for releasing the tension from the mid and lower back whilst gently twisting the spine and abdomen.
# 3 Child Pose
Sit in a kneeling position with the tops of your feet in the floor and your buttocks resting on your heels
With an erect spine, exhale and bend forward from the hips, folding the abdomen to the thighs
Lower the forehead to the floor and rest your arms alongside of the body with your palms facing upwards.
If you are unable to bring your forehead to the floor, make fists of your palms, place them on the ground and place your forehead on them.
If you are feeling uncomfortable with your feet together, you could gently spread your knees slightly or place cushions on your ankles or thighs.
Why Childs Pose? This pose relieves lower back tension; gently stretches the spine; massages the abdominal organs; refreshes the legs and quiets the mind.
It is easy to fall asleep
while reclining during
To remain alert:
Deepen your breath
Firmly maintain your awareness of the flow of breath
Do not practice relaxation immediately after meals
Do a few yoga stretches before practice
If you find yourself falling sleep often, avoid the corpse pose and try one of the other poses.
Make sure you are wearing something comfortable remove shoes, belts etc and where clothes which are loose and have no collars
Make sure you get into a comfortable relaxing asana
Sit for a few moments letting the thoughts and activities that have occupied you die down. Resolve firmly to keep your attention wholly on the practice during the allotted time, no matter what the distraction.
Wait patiently for the feeling of readiness to begin to grow in you, and urge you to commence.
Inhale and exhale. Make sure that you always inhale and exhale through your nose and not through your mouth as you tend to lose energy if you exhale through your mouth.
Consciously relax each part of your body starting from your feet to the top of your head.
Gently come out of your relaxation, savoring the sense of calm and rejuvenation that your body would feel after your relaxation practice.