What is relaxation?

Most people think of relaxation as being engaged in non-work activities such as reading a book, playing a video game or watching a film.  For me, the real relaxation is when body and mind are in a state of decreased activity in the sympathetic nervous system, decreased heart rate, blood pressure, brain wave frequency and metabolism and also letting go of all worries, tension and stress.

Relaxation is not simple and is actually a skill like mediation that requires practice. It is not something that just happens automatically. It needs continuous engagement and consistency in order for you to feel it. 

It is important to relax in order to rejuvenate yourself. Why not join Chris and I for our Spring Clean – Restorative Yoga and Reiki Workshop (Sunday 24th March, 1:30-3:30pm Price £30, Karma Studio). 

In this workshop we are going to let go of our heaviness from the winter blues, and get ready to welcome spring blossoms. This will be done with the Restorative yoga approach guided by Chris, amplified by Reiki from Hsin to help release the old energy and receive fresh universal energy. 

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that transmits the Universe’s life force to a person’s energy system. Restorative yoga and Reiki perfectly balance together our body, mind and spirit. 

Passive yoga

The other day I had to take an early train to London which I haven’t done for a long time. I knew it would be packed because I used to do it everyday. However, I was in shock actually and felt suffocated. Everyone looked expressionless and numb. I wondered how long they haven’t connected with themselves and how long they haven’t looked after themselves? I always tell my students when they come to my restorative/yin meditative yoga workshops, “You are here to nurture yourself, it is not only you who will benefit but it is also a significant benefit for the people are around you”. When you feel good you can give from the place of fullness (higher vibration). Never ever leave yourself behind even if you have children.

Are we just saying yang practice does not nurture ourself? Well it does in a different way. Let me ask a question. How long have you maintained that yoga bliss after a class? From my personal experience I always stay with the magic longer when I do passive (restorative/yin) yoga. How about you?

My Yoga Story

I know some people think I am a serious yoga teacher. Yes, I am. The reason for that is that yoga saved me.

I had a car accident when I was 19 and my body was twisted. I had pains in my shoulders and hips. I used to bang against the wall to ease my pain until I met several amazing yoga teachers who put my body into a proper alignment with my breath. My healing started and yoga helped me and became my cure. Although the pain is never completely gone, I have learned how to connect with my body and mind through practicing yoga and this is where I am now.

If yoga can help me I think yoga can heal others too. That’s the reasons that I respect yoga (philosophy, alignment and pranayama) so much and this is why I take yoga seriously. That’s my genuine teaching style and I will always continue learning about yoga and hopefully inspire people too.