Modern life is stressful. Your job, your social life, and more barrage you with responsibilities, work, and challenges in a nonstop fashion.
As a result, it’s pretty easy for people to regularly overload their minds, causing long term stress and its results: anxiety and depression. Fortunately, Dylan Celli knows that there is a way you can manage this stress. It’s called yoga! In fact, yoga has a technique specifically for fast, deep relaxation and stress reduction.
Yoga’s Corpse Pose
The corpse pose, so named because it involves lying still like a corpse, can put you into a deep state of relaxation. To do this pose, lie on your back on a comfortable surface like a yoga mat or a rug. Keep your feet apart by about a foot and a half. Put your arms out at 45 degrees from your body. That’s all there is to it.
Consciously Relax Your Body
Once you have gotten into the pose, concentrate your attention on your feet. Try to be very aware of them, how they feel, where they are. Then start saying to yourself, “My feet are relaxed,” and imagine the muscles in your feet relaxing. Keep repeating this until you can feel them relax. Go up the rest of your body, one part at a time, and do the same thing, relaxing your body in stages. End the process with your face and head.
Breathe with the Right Rhythm
During the relaxation process, breathe according to the following rhythm:
- Breathe in deeply for 5 seconds or so.
- Hold your breath for 2 or 3 seconds.
- Breathe out steadily for another 5 seconds or so.
- Finally, hold your breath again for another 2 or 3 seconds.
This slow, rhythmic breathing will encourage your mind to calm down and slow its activity.
Include a Spiritual Element
To get the best effect from this yoga, you should add something spiritual to it. As you relax your body, try to open your mind and being to a universal, all powerful, feeling of joy and harmony. Feel it spread throughout your mind and even your body, connecting you to the rest of the universe.
Practice Every Day
Like all forms of yoga, you need to develop skill with the corpse pose to get the most from it. If you practice other forms of yoga, do the corpse pose after your other yoga. Otherwise, it’s best to do it in the evening a little before you go to bed.
The corpse pose can help you restore your emotional balance, and maybe even your energy and positivity. When you learn how to relax deeply, you’ll learn that you can make it through even the most stressful day with much less difficulty.
About Dylan Celli
Dylan Celli is a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, and life coach who specializes in leading people towards inner perfection by helping them achieve outward gains. Dylan primarily focuses on high-end clients: executives, athletes, and industry leaders by applying a progressive, goal-oriented strategy that improves self-confidence and inner peace.