yoga schoolBy Rene Hayes

How many of your students come to classes just to relax?  You would be surprise what a seasonal survey might reveal. It might be worth your while to know what they want if you want them to continue to attend classes at your Yoga school.

Yoga for States of Deep Relaxation

When the mind and body are able to enter a deep state of relaxation, extraordinary things can happen. Muscle tension is eased, pain begins to subside, stress melts away and the mind clears itself of cluttering thoughts. As a Yoga instructor, your goal is to help your students enter this blissful state so that they may leave your class feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Of course, reaching such deep levels of relaxation is not always easy, and each student will have a unique experience in this department. Some of your Yoga students may be able to reach these states naturally. Others will need a great deal of patience and guidance from you as their teacher. By focusing on asanas that promote relaxation, practicing meditation and incorporating Yoga Nidra into the routine, stressed out students will find it much easier to obtain the deep state of relaxation they are longing for.


Shavasana is often considered the most important part of an asana practice and for good reason. During this time, the body has the opportunity to regenerate itself and begin to feel the full therapeutic effects of the asanas practiced. The heart rate slows, muscle tension is released, anxiety is reduced, and energy levels begin to soar. Its simplistic nature is part of the reason why it is such an effective pose for relaxation. A balanced asana routine will always end with Shavasana, and this part of the process should not be rushed. It is not uncommon for practitioners to remain in Shavasana for 30 minutes or more.

Restorative Poses

In addition to Shavasana, there are a variety of other poses that are designed to relax and restore the body. Incorporating Balasana, Supta Baddha Konasana and Viparita Karani into the routine can really help students let go of any tension or stress they may be experiencing.

Yoga Nidra

Described as a deep yet conscious sleep, Yoga Nidra offers a state of relaxation that is unlike meditation and the physical Yoga training practice. It is said to help ease anxiety, reduce the occurrence of panic attacks and improve a variety of other health conditions. During nidra practice, the body remains completely relaxed, and each part is relaxed individually. The mind, however, is alert and conscious. The goal of this exercise is to reach this dream-like state without putting forth much effort, a Yoga teacher will typically provide verbal instructions to guide students through the experience.

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