We seldom allow ourselves to just do nothing, yet a period of restful inactivity is often just what we need to replenish our energy. This relaxation technique is shorter and simpler than the guided relaxation, Yoga Nidra, and is one you can easily do on your own. Samadhi Pose calms your mind and nerves, increases your awareness, and, at the end of an asana session, gives your body time to assimilate the benefits of the poses you’ve just done. Immerse yourself in the experience of relaxing both body and mind. To help you relax further as you practice, you might like to play the soothing yoga sounds that you can find on my website.
Lie on your back, legs extended. Separate your feet and let them fall out to the sides. Rest your arms a comfortable distance from your body, palms turned up and fingers curling gently. Lower your chin and lengthen the back of your neck, making sure your neck and head are in line with your spine. Keep your eyelids softly closed, and your jaw and shoulders relaxed. Breathe naturally through your nose.
We sometimes hold tension in different parts of the body without being aware of it. Internally seek out these areas and consciously relax them. As you inhale, visualize a healing energy entering your body. Guide this energy to tight joints and muscles, or weak areas of your body. As you exhale, release tension and surrender more deeply to your relaxation experience. Practice this technique for 5 to 15 minutes, or longer if desired.
If your lower back is uncomfortable, place a rolled blanket or pillow under your knees. You may also find that you can relax more easily with a folded blanket or firm pillow under your head. Because your body temperature drops as you relax, you may want to cover yourself with a blanket if you think you might get cold.
- Eases insomnia
- Relieves nervous tension
- Helps regulate blood pressure
- Helps curb anger, stress, and excessive appetite
- Promotes recovery from injury and illness
- Facilitates deep, restorative relaxation
- Develops your body awareness