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Yoga for Relaxation Article by Caroline Klebl

Yoga for Deep Relaxation Article by Caroline Klebl


In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, yoga is defined as “chitta vritti nirodha” or the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. Stress can manifest in the body as tension or in the mind as unpleasant trains of thought. Meditation as well as the practice of yoga asana, can reduce tension in the body and mind.

The yoga sutras describe eight limbs of yoga, known as ashtanga yoga. The external limbs include the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control). Ethics are an important aspect of yoga practice, which purify the mind, reduce negative karma and help to improve the circumstance of the practitioner of yoga.

Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine. On the floor with or preferable without a pillow underneath the hips. Relax the arms and place the hands on the thighs or the knees with the palms of the hands facing up.
Gentle close the eyes and relax the
muscles in the hands and face. Direct your awareness to the breath and notice your body breathing, without changing your natural breath. Relax the entire body and rest your awareness on your breath for 5-10 minutes. If your thoughts drift away from your breath, return your awareness to the breath. Then slowly open the eyes.

To read the complete article, including a sequence of yoga postures, meditation and yoga nidra, published in the March 2023 issue of the Yoga Magazine visit Yoga for Relaxation Article


Caroline Klebl teaches Ashtanga yoga retreats and yoga teacher training retreats in beautiful destinations around the world. To view her current teaching schedule visit SCHEDULE

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