In yoga, relaxation refers to the loosening of bodily tension and mental tension. Keeping the muscles in a constant alert state uses a lot of energy which won’t be available when the muscles are called upon to really function.
Relaxation is a conscious practice that lies somewhere in between effort and no effort. To truly relax, you have to understand and practice the skill. We’ve put together some top yoga relaxation tips to help you out…
Quiet. Choose an environment with no noise or very minimal noise if complete silence isn’t possible.
Pillows. Try placing a small pillow under your head and a large one under your knees for support during positions which require you to lay down.
Warmth. It may be necessary to heat the room first or cover yourself with a blanket. Laying on a cold floor is not good for your kidneys.
Yoga for relaxation before bed is also helpful, especially if you want to enjoy a deep sleep or are suffering from insomnia. The following yoga exercises can help, though it is said that many people don’t make it to the end of the relaxation technique without falling asleep.
Prepare. Lay in your bed under the blankets. Your legs can be straight or bent at the knees with your feet flat on the mattress. You should place one pillow under your head and keep another close by.
Breathe. With your eyes closed, begin to breathe through your nose, making your exhalation twice as long as your inhalation. Your breaking should be smooth and effortless but not directed to any part of the body. Repeat for 8 breaths.
Sixteen Counts. Roll over to your right side and place the second pillow between your knees. Repeat for 16 breaths with the 1:2 ratios.
Thirty-Two Counts. Finally, roll over to your left side and repeat for 32 breaths with the 1:2 ratios.
It is likely that you will fall asleep before finishing the relaxation technique but that is perfectly normal. Let us know how you get on!