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Relaxation involves the elimination of tension and stress from the body and is an important component in a yoga practice. When we take the time to relax at the end of our yoga session, we allow the body time to integrate our practice; consolidating the effects of the Asana and Pranayama and letting the body come to a place where your energy becomes balanced. Taking time to relax also provides many benefits to the body and mind, as relaxing allows us to let go of stress.
Stress is often described as an under-treated and chronic condition that precipitates and aggravates many other heath problems. People under a lot of stress may experience high blood pressure, mood swings, problems with memory and concentration, poor sleep and a higher rate of aches, pains and other ailments. On the other hand, people who take time daily or weekly to consciously relax may find that they are able to easily fall asleep and stay asleep, can focus for longer periods of time, have higher rates of productivity, higher levels of energy and stronger immune systems. Plus, taking time to relax (and practicing yoga!) can do wonders for chronic headaches or pains and can lower your blood pressure and the risk of heart problems.
Some ways to facilitate relaxation in the body include:
- A Warm Bath
- Breathing Exercises
- Listening to/Playing music
- Restorative Yoga
Additionally you can follow a guided relaxation (like the one at the bottom of this page!), where you consciously relax each part of the body, literally letting yourself melt into the floor. However you like to relax, make some time for it TODAY.
Enjoy and Namaste,
Congratulations, you made it through the week! Now it’s time to Relax!
Eliminate stress and tension from your body by practicing relaxation each day!
*To prepare for this guided relaxation, I recommend that you take a moment to lay back on your mat, couch, chair, floor or bed, coming into Savasana or another comfortable position. If you have back problems, you may want keep a bend through the knees to ensure comfort. Before you begin take a few moments getting all your wiggles out and then clear your mind, close your eyes and observe your breath.
Ashley Freeman is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Certified in Raja Yoga, her experience includes private in-home lessons, workplace wellness programs, and group instruction teaching various class formats and yoga styles. Find her on Google+