Relaxation plays an important role in yoga and health. These advanced techniques, 31-Points Exercise, 61-Points Exercise (shavayatra), and 75 Breaths Exercise (shitili karana), build on the foundation of the relaxation methods presented in Guided Yoga Relaxations.
These practices help to make the mind more focused and one-pointed and are designed to help you learn to relax and meditate.Each method is practiced in the corpse pose. These practices help to master progressive awareness throughout the body.
The 31-Points Exercise establishes a steady focus at points in the upper half of the body, reducing the mind's tendency to wander.
The 61-Points Exercise traverses the entire body and quiets the body, nervous system, and mind.
The 75-Breath Exercise refines awareness of the breath and brings a sense of the deep connection between mind and body. It is one of the techniques used in yoga nidra (yogic sleep).
Each practice is preceded by a brief introduction. CD includes an illustrated booklet.
Rolf Sovik, Psy.D., is the President of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He travels frequently in the U.S. and abroad to train yoga teachers and to lecture on a wide variety of yoga-related subjects. He is a regular contributor to Yoga International magazine and is author of Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation and co-author of the award-winning book Yoga: Mastering the Basics.