How to use Yoga to RELAX

Searched online  “How to use yoga to relax” – yoga seems to .

WebMD starts with:  Yoga means different things to different people. This topic focuses on a kind of yoga called Hatha yoga. One of the benefits of Hatha yoga is that it can relieve stress and help you relax.

After this kind of introduction one is linked to links and then more links, lots of Ads along the way.  I’m wondering now what is meant by Hatha? – 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.

Following this is a young good looking person doing various poses.  Straight forward and stuff I like.  It misses the connections of things:  breathing one big example.

Huffington Post – nicely produced sequence of poses/pictures.  Kind of what most people might think of as yoga.

For me I think about it like the way we tune in – the four layers of tuning in:  body, breathing, mind, yoga intention.

Bringing attention internally deepening the perceptions, listening actively yet not taking action, bringing a sense of being to ourselves.

Breathing is for me the big one when it comes to relaxing.  When I started teaching I used to say that breathing is 80% of yoga.  I decided later on that this does not need a number.

Mind – tuning in, bringing ourselves to the moment we our in, accepting ourselves as who we are, being authentic.  The miracle of yoga is not walking on the water/ceiling but being on this earth in this present moment.

Yoga Intention – Our society, culture is so “goal” driven.  I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible …  The goal is to forward bend and touch the toes.  The intention is to stretch, breath, make yourself whole.

Sirvasana done at end of yoga class is a practice of deep relaxation.  What are some of the practice techniques we can use to deepen our relaxation?










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