Relaxation is a kind of feeling which should be both mental and physical. In other words relaxation should be given to both body and soul to attain the condition of peace. If anything of the both are not relaxed you cannot attain state of peace. Without proper relaxation nothing works in a proper way. All of them become insufficient and incapable of doing things in a proper way. In any practice it is difficult to make the body and the brain relaxed at the same time. However, in yoga you can attain them with practice of yogic postures and techniques.
Besides physical relaxation and mental relaxation you can also attain spiritual relaxation using yoga. Let us have a deeper look on the above three.
Physical relaxation: Since yoga involves many postures which involve a little bit of physical activity it is very easy to attain physical relaxation using yoga. Other forms of exercise uses the energy to perform certain tasks. But these yogic postures utilizes very less energy which helps in attaining true relaxation.
Mental Relaxation: Most people may not know the fact that energy is also consumed by feeling nervous or tensed or by thinking extensively about some thing. The body’s energy is consumed by brain in this way. So relaxation means consuming less energy. So, when does our brain consumes no energy, when it stops feeling nervous and stops thinking extensively. In order to free our brain from different worries and tensions yogic breathing exercises are more useful. By concentrating on the inhalation and exhalations of our breath we can divert our mind from other tensions. And after some time we can completely come out of the stress leaving the brain in more relaxed state.
Spiritual relaxation: Spiritual relaxation is nothing but knowing about our inner self and connecting it to the universal self. One has to know that he himself is the cause for his own worries and problems and try to solve them from within. Even though there are many problems people tend to think either about the past or about the future worrying about the things that were done by them in the past or they might be concerned about what will happen in the future. Both of the things are wrong. A man who can live in the present is the happiest man and the techniques of yoga teaches you how to be in the present and that’s how you can reach the state of spiritual relaxation.
The above are the three kinds of relaxations given by Yoga.