The Sanskrit word for relaxation is shaithilya, which is pronounced shy-theel-yah and means "loosening." It refers to the loosening of bodily and mental tension — all the knots that you tie when you don't go with the flow of life. These knots are like kinks in a hose that prevent the water from flowing freely. Keeping muscles in a constant alert state expends a great amount of your energy, which then is unavailable when you call upon your muscles to really function. Conscious relaxation trains your muscles to release their grip when you don't use them. This relaxation keeps the muscles responsive to the signals from your brain telling them to contract so that you can perform all the countless tasks of a busy day.
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