Relaxation

Yoga for Anxiety Relief – On and Off the Mat

I was getting a little older and I had decided it was time to take better care of my physical health, so I joined the local YMCA. I didn’t pick that gym for any particular reason, it just happened to be close by and it looked nice, so I signed up. One day, after working out on the treadmill, I walked by the front desk on my way out and saw a display of class schedules for the different locations around town. One of the locations was very close to my current gym and it advertised mind/body classes such as meditation and yoga.

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Three Easy Yoga Relaxation Techniques

Below are three variations, but there are many more that you might find useful for teaching Yoga classes or for practicing at home. If you want to become a Yoga teacher, it is wise to be familiar with them because they serve as a bridge for students who have difficulty with meditation.

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Origin of Yoga Nidra

The meditative sound of “aum” is composed of three letters—a, u and m. The “a” is the state of wakefulness, and external awareness through the mind and sense organs. The “u” represents the dream state, composed of internal experiences. The “m” represents the Yoga nidra state of deep, lucid sleep, being the third of four levels of consciousness. (The fourth level—absolute emptiness—is that of no sound with neither inward nor outward consciousness. This fourth level lies beneath the other three states.)

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Deep Relaxation In Yoga

Yoga students may be able to reach these states naturally. Others will need a great deal of patience and guidance from you as their teacher. By focusing on asanas that promote relaxation, practicing meditation and incorporating Yoga Nidra into the routine, stressed out students will find it much easier to obtain the deep state of relaxation they are longing for.

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