Sunday, November 1, 2009

Relax With Me

Today, I'm going to guide you through a relaxation sequence that I hope will help ease you into a state of deep relaxation or savasana, the final resting pose at the end of a yoga practice.

Taking a few moments during the day to relax and restore our bodies and minds is just as critical to our health and well being as is eating healthy, exercising appropriately and getting plenty of sleep. Yet, few of us take the time to do so. We tend to think of relaxing as a luxury rather than an essential ingredient in the ability to help us age as healthy as possible. Even in our middle and later years, our brains are filled with lists, agendas, worries and anxieties. Many of us still tend to judge our importance by how busy we are. Yet, ironically, if we take time to restore and rejuvenate our minds and bodies, we will find it easier to return to our tasks with more energy, more focus and a greater sense of well being.

So, get ready to give yourself the gift of leaning how to relax. This will be a time that is "All About You."

Before beginning, make sure you pick a time and place where you are most likely not to be disturbed. Turn off all cell phones, pagers, darken the room and eliminate any other known distractions that might interfere with your physical and psychological ability to relax. If creating an ambiance such as lighting candles is conducive to helping you release emotional and physical tension, feel free to do so before you begin.

When you're ready, grab your eye pillow if you have one, lie on your back with your head and neck comfortably supported, you legs about hip distance apart and your palms facing upward. This position will encourage the body to release tension, but if you are not comfortable make any necessary adjustments until you feel the body and mind are comfortably settled. You may find a bolster under your knees or a light blanket helpful, as well.

When you're ready click on the video.
Enjoy and Namaste.

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