Learning to consciously relax—what yogis call “systematic relaxation”—is a powerful self-help tool. Relaxation helps us in daily life by releasing built-up physical and mental tension; it also supports spiritual practice by training us to calm and turn inward. Start here: begin quieting the outside noise so you can connect to your deeper self.

Relaxation Practices

Tension-Release Relaxation

New to systematic relaxation? The Tension-Release Relaxation method is the perfect place to start for newbies or those who have difficulty concentrating. This technique trains the mind to recognize the opposing sensations of muscle tension and muscle release. It re-awakens your awareness of physical tension, which over time leads to deeper relaxations and greater ease.

Point to Point Relaxation

Looking to freshen up your relaxation practice? Try Point to Point Relaxation. This practice combines mental focus and breath awareness as you breathe into different areas of the body. This “sweeping breath” reduces feelings of stuckness, enhances the flow of pranic energy, and trains the body and nervous system to relax in a deeper way.

Guided Muscle Relaxation

Learn to cultivate and enhance the flow of pranic energy in your body! Guided Muscle Relaxation trains the mind to focus awareness on different muscle groups, engendering a relaxation response in each area. When you begin refining this awareness, prana will flow more smoothly, leading to less physical and mental stress and renewed vitality.

61 Point Relaxation

The goal of 61 Point Relaxation—a specialty of the Himalayan Tradition—is profound rest for the body and nervous system. Your mind is led to rest in 61 internal points that correspond to energy- and nerve-rich areas in the body (marma points). With practice, you’ll start to experience richer, more subtle relaxation as you recharge your vital energy.

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