In yoga, relaxation refers to the loosening of bodily and mental tension. Keeping muscles in a constant alert state expends a great amount of your energy, which then is unavailable when your muscles are called upon to really function.
Conscious relaxation trains your muscles to release their grip when you don’t use them. This relaxation keeps the muscles responsive to the signals from your brain telling them to contract so that you can perform all the countless tasks of a busy day.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL YOGA RELAXATION PRACTICE
Relaxation is a conscious endeavor that lies somewhere between effort and noneffort. To truly relax, you have to understand and practice the skill. Try the following:
Practice in a quiet environment where you are unlikely to be disturbed by others or the telephone.
Try placing a small pillow under your head and a large one under your knees for support and comfort in the supine, or lying, positions.
Ensure that your body stays warm. If necessary, heat the room first or cover yourself with a blanket. Particularly avoid lying on a cold floor, which isn’t good for your kidneys.
Don’t practice relaxation techniques on a full stomach.