Yoga Treats Stress

Learn to Let Go

Achieve a Relaxed State Quickly and Effortlessly 

Uncover a calmer and happier you in just 5-10 minutes

STEP 1

If you have time, boost your circulation and your body’s feng shui by taking a quick cool shower.

Wash with a clean and fresh scented soap – sandalwood or lavender are good and you can try a traditional Indian soap: Mysore Sandalwood Soap (Pack of 12).

However, my personal favourite is the cult favourite blue Dirty soap made by Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics which features a blend of spearmint and thyme oil.  Once you’re clean, dry off and pop on some clean and comfortable clothes.

STEP 2

Lie on the ground in Shavasana (Corpse Pose): Lie flat on your back with your arms 15cms from your body, palms facing the sky.  Make sure you are lying in a straight line, so your spine and neck are not twisted, and close your eyes.  If your back hurts or you feel unpleasant tension there, keep your knees bent with soles of your feet flat on the ground.

STEP 3

Watch your breath:  Are you breathing fast or hard or softly or shallowly?  It does not matter – don’t change it, just watch it.  As you grow more relaxed you will feel yourself breathing more deeply and slowly without any effort.

STEP 4

Now you are ready to mentally massage tension out of the body with this extremely effective yet simple technique:

As you inhale, breathe in refreshing white light and think of someone or something being gentle and kind and loving towards you.  Feel your heart opening to let this love and light in to nourish you.

As you exhale, breath out the darkness and visualize a thick black smoke waft out of your body as you feel yourself letting go of tension and negativity.  Anything that makes you feel bad, sad, stressed or angry – breathe it out of you.  You don’t need it anymore.

STEP 5

Continue this exercise until you feel that the breath leaving your body has grown lighter and brighter.

STEP 6

Now mentally run through each body part and as you think the word, feel that body part completely relax. Watch your mind allow you to let go of all of the tension in that body part.  You can use any order you like but here’s an idea of how I do my relaxation sequence.  I like to get right into the detail!:

  • Toes of left foot
  • Toenails of left foot
  • Top of left foot
  • Arch of left foot
  • Heel of left foot
  • Left ankle joint
  • Left shin bone
  • Left calf muscle
  • Left knee
  • Left inner thigh
  • Left outer thigh
  • Left hip joint
  • Now repeat on right foot and leg
  • Pelvis
  • Genitals
  • Buttocks
  • Stomach
  • Liver
  • Both kidneys
  • Ribcage
  • Entire spine.  Relax the entire backbone from bottom to top
  • Both lungs
  • Heart
  • Left shoulder
  • Left bicep
  • Left tricep
  • Left elbow joint
  • Left forearm
  • Left wristbone
  • Left palm
  • Left fingers
  • Left fingernails
  • Repeat on right shoulder , arm and hand
  • Neck muscles
  • Entire throat
  • Tongue
  • Teeth
  • All skin on face
  • Eyeballs
  • Eyebrows
  • Third eye
  • Scalp
  • Hair
  • Brain

Now that your body is totally relaxed, lie with the sensation of complete and utter physical relaxation for as long as you enjoy.  Because your body is so relaxed and your energy has started to flow more freely, any tense thoughts or stresses can now easily leave the body.  So now take 3 deep cleansing breaths and breath out any residual darkness on the out breath.

You should be feeling more relaxed than before and are now ready to engage the best quality version of yourself in whatever you are doing – whether that is giving a speech, attending a job interview, sitting an exam, practicing yoga or just preparing for a normal day at work or with friends.  Whatever you are doing, it is always better to be relaxed.

If you are using this relaxation as part of your yoga practice, try to repeat this relaxation at the end of your session if you have time.  To shorten the routine just run through the body more generally – for example

  • Left leg
  • Right leg
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • Left arm
  • Right arm
  • Head

However, observing the body with more detail results in a deeper relaxation.

Namaste friend

Picture credit: Creative Commons License martinak15 via Compfight

 

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