It is important that during the guided relaxation you are in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed by other people or outside sounds. This type of relaxation can be done at anytime as long as you can devote your full attention to the process. One of the optimal times to practice may be when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed so that you can change the focus of your mind and physically relax the body.
Many yoga classes often end asana (yoga poses) practice with a relaxation in savasana, a reclined position on the mat, giving the body a chance to cool down and enter a state of tranquility. Audio versions of guided relaxations are also another way to experience the serenity that comes by actively releasing tension from the body.
Besides the sense of peace that results from relaxation, according to the Harvard Medical School genes that fight diseases are more active in people who regularly practice guided relaxation. The benefits of relaxation include lower blood pressure, boosted immunity, calmer nerves, and unlike medications designed to promote relaxation, a guided relaxation produces the desired results without undue side effects.
Mental clarity is another boon of guided relaxation. Yoga is constructed to quiet the internal mental chatter created by thoughts commonly referred to as “monkey mind” among yogis; another reason yoga classes incorporate guided relaxation in practice sessions prior to meditation. With guided relaxation, the mind is aware, the body is relaxed, and internal chatter of the mind is curbed.
For an introduction to guided relaxation, Yoga Destiny offers an 18 minute audio that you can listen to in the comfort of your home on demand. Try out Yoga Destiny’s Guided Relaxation and get started soothing your mind and body.
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