Showing posts with label Tension. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tension. Show all posts

Yoga Nidra and 3 Types of Tensions



The tensions are three-fold. 


You develop tensions whether you think too much or don't think at all. You acquire stresses whether you labor physically or not at all. 

You acquire stresses whether you sleep too much or not enough. You acquire stresses whether you eat a high-protein, high-carbohydrate, or vegetarian diet. 


Tensions build up in the many levels of a person's psyche. 

They build up in the nervous, muscular, and emotional systems. With a broad lens, we deal with tension difficulties in yoga. We understand that when the mind is anxious, the stomach is stiff as well. When the stomach is tight, the entire circulatory system becomes stiff as well. 

It's a never-ending cycle of occurrences. As a result, one of the primary concerns of yoga is tension release. Individual psychological tensions contribute to communal psychological tensions, which can show in miserable family life, societal turmoil and disorder, and aggressiveness and violence between communities and nations. 

Religions have failed to provide individual peace of mind. Law, police, militaries, and governments have all failed to bring people together. 


All of the yogic scripture emphasize categorically that tranquility can only be found inside, never outside. 

As a result, if we want to make the world a better place, we must first learn to relax and harmonize our own bodies and minds. 


Yogic philosophy, like contemporary psychology, identifies three main forms of stress that are at the root of all modern-day woes. These tripartite tensions can be gradually resolved by the disciplined practice of yoga nidra. 


  1. Muscle tensions are linked to the neurological system, as well as endocrine abnormalities. 
    1. The deep physical relaxation achieved in the state of yoga nidra readily removes them. 
  2. Emotional tensions, such as love-hate, profit-loss, success-failure, happiness-unhappiness, are more difficult to resolve. 
    1. This is due to our inability to freely and honestly communicate our feelings. 
    2. We often refuse to acknowledge them, so they are suppressed, and the ensuing tensions grow deeper and deeper. 
    3. These tensions cannot be relieved via normal sleep or relaxation. 
    4. Yoga nidra, for example, may calm the entire emotional structure of the mind. 
  3. Excessive mental activity results in mental stress. 
    1. The mind is a vortex of delusions, misunderstandings, and oscillations. 
    2. The mental body accumulates the events that our awareness registers throughout our lives. 
    3. These erupt from time to time, altering our body, cognition, behavior, and response. 
    4. When we are unhappy, angry, or frustrated, we frequently assign our mental state to an external reason. 
    5. However, the fundamental reason of man's aberrant behavior is the accumulation of mental stress. 
    6. Yoga nidra is a relaxation technique that allows us to go deep into the regions of our subconscious minds, releasing and calming mental tensions and restoring balance to all aspects of our being.


You may also want to read more about Yoga Nidra here.