61 Points Relaxation Practice

61 Points Relaxation Method

This relaxation exercise consists simply in following with your attention a trail of 61 distinct points throughout the body. That is to say, you focus your attention on each of 61 distinct points in turn. At each point, notice any tension you might feel and let it go. Then go on to the next point.

You can do this practice sitting up or lying down. If you are able to do it lying down without falling asleep, it will serve very well as a deep relaxation exercise. Done sitting up it serves more as a kind of calming concentration exercise.

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Lucid Sleeping (Yoga Nidra)

Lucid Sleeping

Also known as Yoga Nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. It is not the same as the similarly named “lucid dreaming”, though the two can be easily confused, since the practices that lead to lucid sleeping can also generate lucid dreaming. What further confuses the issue is that, as opposed to being completely separate experiences in kind, the two states are actually only different in degree, existing as they do at opposite ends of a particular slice out of the spectrum of consciousness. Hence, lucid sleeping can “slide into” lucid dreaming and vice versa, a fact which can cloud the real difference between the two.

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