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How often do you experience who you are, and how you are, free of distractions and mental turmoil?

This ability, skill or however we refer to it, is available to us all. It is our right and human heritage to be able to experience who we are. Except, it seems that our present culture/society does not seem to show us, or help us see and develop this ability to experience ourselves free of distractions. This capacity we have is important. The benefits of exercising this ability are many, but unfortunantly appreciation and knowledge of this are hidden to most. People who meditate, or those who practice yoga for example, end up finding and appreciating this human feature.

One way to start to explore this is to attend a yoga class where the awareness and ability to concentrate and shift your awareness will be developed. In time you might start practicing yoga/relaxation/meditation at home.

These sorts of practices have  a couple of effects, the immediate one during practice, and the accumulative one which is even more applicable for those who practice regularly. There is also the fading after affect of a sessions. I have had several students tell me just comming to class once a week has a positive effect on their week following and a destressing effect during.

The benefits are;

  • an unfolding and increasing ability to be find and experience relaxation and calmer sense of being
  • ability to switch into and maintain a calm/relaxed state
  • improved body condition – strength, flexibility and muscle tone
  • confidence
  • well being
  • improved breathing
  • healthier states of mind
  • self understanding
  • self control
  • self mastery
  • … and many others as well

Namaste

Russell


Posted in About Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice, News

Relaxation for Home Practice

Here is a short relaxation I developed over my years of personal yoga practice. This can be very good to use before you go to bed. Should you have any questions about this relaxation, or want to be guided through through it, please contact me.

Beginning 

Purpose: idea is to settle the body and mind ready for the main relaxation

  • Lay down, arms and legs slightly (and comfortably) apart, slightly rolled outwards.
  • Tip: Rolling the arms/shoulders outwards can help flatten the shoulders more comfortably, and provide some support for the lower back. Also you may find soft  support for lower back, head, and/or under knees useful
  • Allow your eyes to close
  • Progressively relax the face; eyes, cheeks, lips, jaw, tongue (give space betwen each)
  • Take a few moments to feel the body contacting the ground

Middle

Purpose: This is where we really work with relaxation and can spend as much time as we need

  • Awareness to the following body parts, for one breath each
    • Feet
    • Legs
    • Hands
    • Arms
    • Shoulders
    • Neck
    • Whole Body
    • Awareness to breath (let the body breath, just observe and let go into the process).
      • Allow counting up to 9 or 27 and then down to 1 with each count being count on in breath, mentally saying letting go on the out breath. You can bring awareness too areas of tension (individual, groups or en-mass) when you mentally repeat “letting go”. The count be varied, but 9 or 27 are good to start with.

End

Purpose: Where we bring ourselves out of the relaxed state and back to the external environment

  • Then bring awareness to the following, making sure you take your time
    • Body
    • Sounds
    • Gently move the body and start breathing into the abdomen more actively

And that’s a fantastic short relaxation/meditation, you will find as you practice relaxation techniques more and more, you will be able to obtain deeper states of relaxation. As you become more familiar you can adapt change and make the seuqnde your own.


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