Relaxation is an underrated and underutilized tool. It always amazes me how many layers
there are to a relaxation practice. How, even when I think I am relaxed, I soon discover that I was only partially relaxed. And, sometimes, I was only pretending to be relaxed and I was actually being habitually “productive” with my thoughts.
A good, juicy relaxation practice does wonders for the mind and the body. We come to realize what tension we were holding without even knowing it. And, by doing this, we are better able to recognize those patterns when they first begin. This helps us to both recognize and deal with stress better. It also gives our body a chance to really let go, our conscious mind stepping aside to let all the automatic functions step up to do their best work. Relaxation is a healing power. And the one I most try to share with my students in my classes.
We recently finished up a series on Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation. In our last class, I led a brief Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra is a guided deep relaxation practice that leads you through the layers of your yoga self to ever deeper relaxation, accessing your subconscious and transporting you out of your norm. It’s sometimes called Yogic Sleep and, indeed, is very much like arriving at that beautiful place where you are not really awake but not really asleep and all things are possible.
Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation Practice:
Check out the link below to join us live at that class for 20 minutes of letting go.
Tip: I like to listen to Yoga Nidra when traveling, particularly on the plane. Makes me one of the happiest people on the plane and I arrive at my destination refreshed!