By Diana Ross, E-RYT & Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that most of us are tense; and it doesn’t take much to get there. Now throw in an illness, disease or certain situation and that tension is compounded. I don’t know about you but it doesn’t take much for me to feel tension. It’s getting the tension to subside and go that is the challenge. Research shows tension held in the mind and body can have devastating health consequences. The benefits of relaxing the body while allowing the mind to rest can help in our recovery. Typically we may choose something artificial, like a drug to induce relaxation but the truth is it is superficial relaxation. This may mask the cause of the tensions, whereas introducing a Yoga Nidra practice can over time with regularity release the overall tensions. Learning Yoga Nidra is what will improve quality of life and healing. It is relaxation in action.
The truth is we function fully when we are relaxed. It is here when we feel a clear connection or continuous flow. However, when we lack the ability to eat well, hold positive thoughts, repeat habitual bad habits or embrace any negativity we suffer with excess tension. When we hold these tensions we begin the habit of continued holding, thus blocking the proper flow of energy and the capacity towards wellness. We know it isn’t working but we continue known the less. This is why Yoga Nidra can help us begin to remove these detrimental tensions to mind and body.
The Best Relaxation Response
Yoga Nidra, commonly known as “deep relaxation” is an integral part of yoga teachings. Yoga Nidra is a set of deep relaxation techniques that can lead you to a meditative state, which encourages a sense of well-being. Things become noticeable and vibrant, like these apple blossoms. It is usually introduced at the end of each asana (yoga) class and is known as Shavasana. It is here we begin to have a real relationship with our body and it is here also where we learn to “let go”. This letting go allows us to feel light and begin to realize the more subtle inner states of consciousness.
When we enter into the subtle realm of our conscious awareness, our body begins to relax and our mind opens to observe what is actually happening. Things just are. The more we detach from the negative thoughts, and the holding of unnecessary tensions we no longer identify with it all and we begin to find our way into a clearer space. A space where we can release, or cleanse ourself of the stresses of illness, anxieties of treatments, and fear of outcomes. The state of worry will be more manageable. When we relax the body, and calm the mind, negative emotions have no place to reside. The mind begins to be have clear thoughts and will move towards right action. The worried state dissipates leaving a tranquil state of mind, and body.
As we travel down this road of learning how to relax either through meditation, breathing or just being still we free our mind of false emotions or wrong thinking. As this begins to happen we are open to a clearer realization or higher knowledge. This will lead us to continuous relaxation in life. True relaxation comes as spiritual consciousness awakens. Yoga Nidra is the pathway to the inner expansion of awareness and a deeper balance in life.
In Yoga Nidra we appear to be in a sleep state, but we really are letting the outer world slide away and the inner world heighten. You could say that Yoga Nidra is conscious sleep or sleepless sleep. Yoga Nidra produces its greatest results by developing a regular practice of relaxation. A regular practice insures freedom from energy depleting tension, worry and fear. As a friend used to say to me “The only thing that comes from tension, worry or fear is more tension, worry and fear.” Start with 10 minutes lying down, wrapped in a blanket in a quiet place and then focus on your breath. If your mind wanders bring it back, and just let go. Try our Breathe with Purpose CD .
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About Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.