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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Relaxation Through Meditation to Manage Excessive Stress
At the end of yoga class, our instructor invites everyone in the room to lie on their mat in what’s called corpse pose. Flat on your back, with legs outstretched and arms at sides, the instructor begins to lead everyone in a meditative relaxation journey: systematically clenching and releasing the muscles in each section of your body, and listening to the music being played along with the sound of the instructor’s voice. This method of meditation is Progressive Muscle Relaxation, developed in the 1930's. It's based on the idea that mental relaxation can be a natural outcome of physical relaxation.
All forms of meditation take practice and are excellent for managing stress; they include: (More)