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Kayotsarga: A Jaina technique of relaxation
As per the Science of Living course of Jain Vishav Bharati (JVB), in practice, it is conscious suspension of all gross movements of the body resulting in relaxation of the skeletal muscles and drastic reduction of metabolic activities.
ACCORDING TO Jaina literature, bodily movements, speech and mental functions are three-fold activities of human organism. In a typical Jain meditation technique called Kayotsarga, a total relaxation of mind, body and speech is attempted.
 
Kayotsarga literally means the abandonment of the body but with a deep and profound awareness.
 
As per the Science of Living course of Jain Vishav Bharati (JVB), in practice, it is conscious suspension of all gross movements of the body resulting in relaxation of the skeletal muscles and drastic reduction of metabolic activities.
 
 
This physical condition results in relieving mental tensions and is an essential precondition for meditation practice.
 
 
If one learns and practices this systematic relaxation everyday, he or she would remain relaxed, calm and unperturbed in any situation, says Preksha Professor at JVB.
 
 
Physically, it is more restful than sleep, and is the most harmless and direct antidote to psychosomatic maladies resulting from tension.
 
 
Method of Kayotsarga
 
 
Choose a comfortable position; 'Lotus-posture' is ideal, but other ones can also be adopted. For longer period, lying flat on a hard ground on a blanket is more suitable.
 
 
Keep your spinal cord, neck and head in a straight line without causing tension.
 
 
Relaxation commences with the total cessation of the voluntary movements. Since breathing and relaxation are linked together, be aware of your breathing.
 
 
Make breathing even, slow and rhythmic.
  
Next persuade every muscle in each part of the body to relax by auto-suggestion. Keeping the body entirely motionless, allow the mind to move in small steps
 
Autosuggestion is followed by an experience of relaxation in each part. When the whole body has become relaxed, there is an acute and actual perception of rest and relaxation.
 
 
Please keep in mind that the technique is that of patience
and not forced by strong will-power.
 
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