People tend to practice yoga for a variety of reasons. Whatever their individual reasons are initially, many of them are surprised to find, after regularly performing the routines, they find a state of harmony between their inner and outer selves.
Many others, a very large percentage I believe, not so introspective, simply say they practice yoga in order to relax.
The state of profound relaxation available through the regular practice of yoga, is achieved either by means of the exercise or by the meditation aspects of yoga...or both. The result is a sublime state of clearness of the mind, of profound harmony and understanding of the world.
In order to quickly and effectively achieve the goal of arriving at a stage of relaxation, you will have to make use of almost all yoga techniques, but, most of all you have to pay special attention to breathing, to your diet, to correctly perform the exercises, to meditating on the true values of the world and mostly, on your own past actions.
You see, one of the best known, and best understood, "secrets" of yoga is that a breathing pattern of deep and prolonged breaths helps your brain stay oxygenated, which contributes to overall better mental function.
Diet is also relevant because what we eat influence not only the structure and function of our bodies, but also of our brains.
During the long and well-documented history of yoga, specialists have confirmed centuries of anecdotal evidence and have scientifically determined the exercises, which are likely to produce beneficial results. However, the routine needs to be carried out correctly; otherwise you might run the risk of wasting your time, without a relevant result. Each yoga session needs to be designed so that the movements and postures are performed in a structured manner which will produce the best results.
When it comes to yoga relaxation, the most important thing that you have to keep in mind is that your attitude and focus are the key elements which really make the difference. Achieving a profound stage of relaxation and balance between your inner and your outer self cannot happen unless you physically and mentally desire it.
Yoga relaxation is not just a sought-for stage of every yoga routine, it is actually necessary. You need to relax after practicing the exercises, as they are most of the times very profound and demand a lot of focus, and many of the benefits do not occur without relaxation.
The good news is, that, if properly practiced, a typical yoga session not only requires relaxation to be effective, but also produces a state of relaxation if done properly.
The idea of yoga relaxation may seem counterintuitive to some as certain asanas (postures) require an unusual positioning of the body, which can appear to only result in discomfort, and this can happen if the relaxation stage is omitted. Due to the fact that yoga is a connection between the spiritual and the mundane world, relaxation after the session is considered to be the stage which safely brings you back to the present reality you live in.
As a general rule, during relaxation exercises, you have to lie down comfortably and meditate. Furthermore, you gradually move your feet and arms and position them as suggested by your yoga trainer. Different yoga routines imply different relaxation exercises, but, normally, they all have the purpose to avoid a shocking contact with the surrounding reality. Relaxation also helps you to preserve to a certain degree the level of quietness and peacefulness you experience during the routine.
As a final conclusion, if you still have doubts regarding the relaxation effect yoga practices can provide to you, then you have to know that they have been proven in many studies and most who take up the practice report relaxation to be one of the common benefits of a regular practice of yoga.