RELAXATION – SAVASANA.
Proper Relaxation(Savasana)- Relaxation for the 5 senses ( seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching). Cleanses our senses.
Relaxation is your birthright!
Actually, it should be possible for all of us to live our lives in a state of physical and mental relaxation – this is our natural condition or birthright, if you will. But most people have lost sight of this fact. The complex demands of this hectic age, and the struggle to pursue a career while rearing a family, are the reasons why many people find themselves in a constant state of stress. They are physically and mentally tense most of the time – often even while sleeping.
Loss of energy through tension.
Unnecessary tension not only leads to discomfort but also consumes energy. It is the cause of abnormal fatigue and disease. Migraine, a tense neck or aching joints may be the result. We expend lots of energy keeping our muscles in a constant state of tension, and most of the time we are not even aware of it! Without proper relaxation, the body and mind are overtaxed and cannot function properly.
The body and mind experience a deeper state of relaxation when we are expending little or no energy. This is the natural way to relax. As every action – conscious or unconscious – consumes energy, proper relaxation is of vital importance. Perfect relaxation consists of three parts: physical, mental and spiritual relaxation. When we master the art of proper relaxation, we possess the key to health, vitality and inner peace.
Don’t waste energy!
While many kinds of sports increase the energy level of the organism, they don’t really replenish our energy stores. The energy gained is wasted by keeping the muscles on constant standby, even while at ‘rest’. Many people go through the entire day and even night with tense muscles, so that they are consuming energy around the clock.
Recharge with yoga asanas.
Yoga asanas and the final deep relaxation are effective muscle relaxation techniques to relax all parts of the body. Those who practise asanas regularly need less sleep and yet are more effective and feel well rested. At night they enter more quickly into deep sleep, which regenerates both body and mind, whereas restless sleep and dreaming waste a lot of energy.
A mind flooded with sensory impressions is overtaxed and tires easily. In fact, worrying consumes even more energy than physical tension. Mental fatigue ultimately leads to physical fatigue. So daily relaxation should not be seen as a luxury but rather as a necessity for keeping ourselves healthy and effective.
…and breathe away tension!
When you realise that your mind is tense, take a few minutes to breathe slowly and regularly and concentrate on your breathing. Yoga breathing exercises will make you aware of your breathing quite naturally. Rhythmical breathing brings physical and mental relaxation.
The key lies within.
Complete mental and physical relaxation can only be experienced by going within and connecting with a higher power. As long as we continue to identify ourselves with the body and the mind, we will feel alone in the world.
Stress and worrying about the future are the unavoidable consequences of this type of thinking. Through spiritual relaxation you will realise that all happiness comes from within. Yoga relaxation techniques help us establish this inner connection and to overcome the obstacles which separate us from our true Self as well as from other people.
Stress management through Yoga.
Stress as a positive challenge.
Strong emotions such as anger and fear are main triggers of stress. Yoga postures and relaxation techniques help counteract the negative consequences of these emotions by improving our hormonal balance, for example our adrenalin levels. Relaxation techniques further fine-tune and harmonise our sense perceptions, so that we don’t overreact in the first place.
Mental relaxation can lead to a healthy sense of detachment towards the objects and circumstances of our lives. In this way, we can gradually overcome impulsive behaviour and irritability. Depending on the severity of our problems, various yoga techniques can help reduce the negative effects of stress and transform it into a positive challenge.