How to Relax With Yoga
Yoga is a path to health, relaxation and inner happiness. Through yoga, you cleanse your body and mind systematically, removing the build-up of tension (samskaras). Inner happiness results from this, as well as healing and ongoing health, giving you a healthy body and a positive mind. Moreover, you’ll experience inner peace, inexhaustible energy and mental clarity. You’ll embrace love, joy and kindness. To relax with yoga, here is what to do.
1Find the right technique. Yoga provides a variety of techniques. It has techniques for the body and the mind. It is important that you practice each yoga exercise so that it works well for you. If something hurts you, omit it. If it works well for you, keep doing it. You can vary all yoga exercises creatively––you must ask yourself constantly: “What do I need now? What’s good for me? What triggers my tension the most?”
2Lie on your back.
- Stretch your right leg. For one minute, lift your stretched right leg, with the toes pointing to your head. Keep your head resting on the ground. Meditate on the right leg.
- Next, stretch the left leg and lift it as far as possible, keeping the toes pointed to the head. Meditate for one minute on the left leg.
- Keep your arms lying relaxed at the sides during this step.
3Lift up both legs in the supine position. Keep the toes pointing to your head.
- Raise your head towards your feet. Send a light beam from the toes to the head and think the mantra “Light”.
- Inhale from the stomach. Meditate for one minute in this posture.
4Go into the candle pose. Straighten both of your legs to the sky and support yourself with your hands, from the back. Breathe one minute, relaxing into the body.
5Roll out from the candle pose. Again, take up the supine position, and stretch your legs. Put your hands on your belly and move gently your feet. Stop your mind and focus for a minute just on your belly.
6Turn over onto your stomach. Lift your upper body, as far as possible, with your back muscles and hold for a minute. Your head should be positioned in the back, your hands placed laterally from your body on the floor. Breathe, relaxing into the cobra pose. Send a beam of light from the head down the back and think “Light”.
7Tilt your head and lift the right leg, stretching it as far as possible in the air. Meditate for one minute on the stretched leg. Lift the left leg for a minute and concentrate on it, relaxing.
8Raise your upper body and head into the cobra pose. Place your hands laterally from your body on the floor. In addition, lift both legs and bring your feet together as closely as possible to the head. Inhale from the stomach in a relaxed way and hold the position for a minute. Send a beam of light from the feet to the head and think the mantra “Light”.
9Lay your head in the prone position on your hands. Turn the pelvis several times, as you breath, relaxing it to the left and right. Focus on the spine and twist as much as possible (and gently).
10Straighten your back, place your head upright, and relax the belly.Lay your hands in your lap.
- Circulate light through your head, your whole body, your legs, feet, arms and hands. At the same time think the mantra “light, light, light”.
- Visualize a small star (dot of light). As the star circulates the earth, think “Earth”. Then ,let the star circulate in the sky, around your body and through your body. Think the mantra “Star, Star, Star.”
- Rub circles on your stomach with one hand––and the star comes to rest.
11Lie or sit down in a comfortable position.
- Gently move your feet. Stop all thoughts for minute. Then, relax completely.
- Let your day be suffused with a positive glow. Take things as they are. Concentrate on your goals. Work for a world of love, peace and happiness.
- Move a hand, send all people light and think, “I send light to (name). May all people be happy. May the world be happy.”
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