How To Use Yoga To Deeply Relax
When you are in a state of complete relaxation, you are
in a state of being where you are free of any physical, mental
or spiritual tension. One of the most common and effective
ways to achieve this deep relaxation is by lying flat on your
back, as in Yoga's 'Corpse Pose'. The relaxation process will
begin by relaxing and surrendering the big muscles on the
body, then as they relax, in turn the deeper and smaller ones
will follow. Layers of tension should slowly slip away. Quality
relaxation is extremely important for a healthy body and mind.
In the Corpse Pose, the body can rest as a 'corpse' or dead
body would. This is the pose in which we learn to rest the
senses and step away from the identification we have with
our physical bodies. Practising this pose is a giant step
toward inner peace. This pose calms the brain and relaxes
the body - and is known to reduce headache, fatigue, and insomnia
as well as helping to lower blood pressure. Because the heart
is on the same level as the rest of the body - the whole cardiovascular
system is allowed to rest. Bear in mind that modifications
may need to take place in order to make this pose more comfortable
for those who are in pregnancy or who suffer back ache. This
can be done by perhaps placing a small folded towel under
the knees, or under the small of the back.
To achieve this pose - lie flat on your back, and be aware
that you should not feel any tension in your position. Take
care that your neck is not restricted. Your arms should lie
comfortably at your side, with palms facing upward. Your shoulders
should be relaxed and away from your ears. Lift your pelvis
a little off the floor and curl your buttocks toward your
feet to gently lengthen your lower back. Legs should be straight
and relaxed. Do not be discouraged if you feel waves of anger
or emotional upset - they will slowly dissolve as your body
learns to let go. It is ok if you accidentally fall asleep
in this position but it should not become habit. You should
also avoid day dreaming or letting your mind wander or chat
- the emphasis of this pose is to relax the mind in a controlled
way so you are conscious of the here and now.
Be patient with yourself and don't expect your body to become
instantly relaxed. Don't resist feelings of frustration, by
acknowledging them we can often transform them. Breath in
a way that feels comfortable, with each breath imagine that
you are breathing out your tension. At first, resist any urge
to come out of this position as it is best to come out of
it when your body is ready, not when your mind tells you.
Stay in this position for as long as you need (usually between
10 & 20 min's). Just relax. Take a while to adjust, and have
a stretch, before going back to your daily activity.
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