“Just Relax”. It seems such an easy thing to say and do, but in reality, on a deeper level, relaxation is difficult for most people to achieve because of the subliminal level of emotional conflict or duality we exit in. We tend to live life through a mask or persona. This persona is created through the unconscious habits and patterns or maps in our mind which then triggers a secondary level of projected emotions. Even as we go about the normal day to day routine, there is an inner emotive dialogue that generates patterns of anxiety, anger, hopelessness or self-defeating emotions.
I first notice this when I left my high stress job, as a lawyer working on a high profile Public Inquiry into a disaster in London and moved to peaceful Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Suddenly there was no longer a logical reason to feel stressed but that underlying feeling starting to creep up from under my skin. I was happy, newly married, financially very well off and enjoying a new beginning in South America a long-term dream fulfilled, yet here I was feeling anxious! It was not until I started Kundalini Yoga and a deep meditation practice that I came to understand that this anxiety was not logical or as a result of circumstances, but a deep-seated feeling of duality we all experience at some level.
In Kundalini yoga, what I described above as my life is called commotional living. It drains the reserve energy of your nervous system and creates defences and armoring against discomfort.
The key to release this is through deep relaxation. But this is not simply better or more sleep, a massage or time off. To truly, deeply relax we need to change the distribution of prana, the vital lifeforce energy and relax the nervous system to allow reorganisation of patterns of being and doing.
On a more subtle level we need to relax into our core self by letting go and trusting that we are not solely the doer. If you can relax about the unknown, the infinite or generator, organise or destroyer (GOD) 75% of your tension will go away. With this realisation, we can be relaxed under the most stressful situations, as we remember our identity or Real self, the soul in the most unreal situations.
As yogi Bhajan says, “Total harmonious relaxation cures the body. To achieve this there must be a coordination between the 3 facets of ourselves: body, mind and soul”.
The Benefits of Deep Relaxation
- Rejuvenating the parasympathetic nervous system.
- Redistribution of prana.
- Releasing rigid patterns in the muscles and promoting blood flow.
- Learning how to let go of stress in the emotions and body
- “Memorising” the relaxation response.
This week’s classes:
Mon 24 April 6.15-7.30 Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 5
Tues 25 April 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 26 April 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 26 April 3-3.45pm Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,
Wed 26 April 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,