Breath, Body, Relaxation

thanks for yoga nidra image from Travelling Yogi

Inspired by my Dru Yoga experiences, here is a new relaxation to try: First settle quietly and comfortably, in Savasana if possible. Become aware of the pressure of your body against the floor, the sensations of touch and temperature, the sounds around you …. and then begin to watch your breath. Let the breath become very quiet and gentle.

In your own time imagine you are breathing into the soles of your feet, and as you exhale feel all tension flow away, next breathe into the whole of your feet, then exhale any stiffness, soreness or tightness … continue through the ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs, in each place allowing the breath to come and go as many times as you wish. Now move on to the pelvis, belly, buttocks, abdomen, lower back, and so on, gradually taking the breath to each area of your body, and feel tensions dissolving as you progress. Follow on with diaphragm, chest, upper back, shoulder blades, allowing the breath to find and dislodge any discomfort.

Dont forget your fingers hands and arms, then neck, throat and face, paying particular attention to all the tiny details of the face, mouth, eyes, ears, all the way to the crown of your head. Now it is time to rest peacefully, your whole body relaxed and blissful.

Coming back, imagine the rising sun shining onto your crown, lighting up the crown chakra, very slowly and gently breathe this golden light down through your energy centres, through Sahasrara, Ajna, Vishuddi, Anaharta, Manipura, Svadisthana and Muladhara, recharging and balancing your chakras, and grounding yourself. When you are ready begin to make some small movements, gradually stretching, yawning and curling over to your right side, feeling yourself relaxed and re-energised as you open your eyes and come back to your daily life.

Wishing you rich blessings in your practice!

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