Understanding Three Fold Tension – Yogic perspective

Whether we think too much or we don’t think at all, we accumulate tensions. If we work physically or we do not work at all, we accumulate tensions. Whether we sleep too much or not at all, we accumulate tensions. Whether we take protein diet, a carbohydrate diet, or vegetarian diet, we accumulate tensions. And these tensions amass in the different layers of human personality. They accumulate in muscular, emotional and mental systems.

In yoga, we deal with the problems of tension with a wide periscope. We realize that if the mind is tense, the stomach will also be tense. And if the stomach is tense, the whole circulatory system is also tense. It is a viscous circle of events. Therefore, in yoga, relaxation from tension is one of the chief concerns.

Yogic philosophy, as well as modern psychology, enumerates three basic types of tension which are responsible for all the agonies of modern life. Through the systematic practice of Yoga Nidra, these threefold tensions can be progressively released.

  1. MUSCULAR TENSIONS are related to the body itself, the nervous system and endocrine imbalances. These are easily removed by the deep physical relaxation attained in the state of Yoga Nidra.
  2. EMOTIONAL TENSIONS which stem from various dualities such as love- hate, profit-loss, success-failure, happiness-unhappiness, are more difficult to erase. This is because we are unable to express our emotions freely and openly. Often we refuse to recognize them, so they are repressed, and the resulting tensions become more and more deeply rooted. It is not possible to relax these tensions through ordinary sleep or relaxation. A method such as Yoga Nidra can tranquilize the entire emotional structure of the mind.
  3. MENTAL TENSIONS are the result of excessive mental activity. The mind is a whirlpool of fantasies, confusions and oscillations. Throughout our life, the experiences registered by consciousness are accumulated in the mental body. From time to time these explode, affecting our body, mind, behaviour and reactions. When we are sad, angry or irritated, we often attribute that condition of the mind to some superficial cause. But the underlying cause behind man’s abnormal behaviour lies in the accumulated tensions on the mental plane. Yoga Nidra is the science of relaxation which enables each of us to dive deep down into the realms of the subconscious mind, thereby releasing and relaxing mental tensions, and establishing harmony in all facets of our being.

These inner tensions of individual contribute to collective psychological tensions which can manifest in unhappy family life, chaos and disorder in social life and aggression and warfare between communities and nations. The yogic texts all unequivocally state that peace can only be found within, never without. Therefore, if we wish to create a more peaceful world, we must first learn how to relax and harmonies our own body and mind.

So what are you waiting for, book your yoga nidra session today…

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