Often in yoga we use imagery of water to help us to relax. A smooth millpond can be visualised to slow down the endless ripples of thought in our minds… as the Gheranda Samhita tells us –
“Visualize the quintessence of water as a divine nectar which is white as a jasmine flower or a conch shell. Fix the consciousness on the Water element; it will destroy all sorrows” – Gheranda Samhita
The following relaxation practice visualises laying in a slow, meandering river – allowing the warm currents to gently take with them your tension, leaving you calm, cleansed and relaxed.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position – try reading a sentence then closing your eyes and visualising.
Imagine a wide, shallow slow-moving river… with a soft sandy bed… see yourself now lying in the middle of the river looking up at a beautiful blue sky. Close your eyes and see this in your mind.
You are quite motionless but you can feel the warm water of the river gently moving past your head to your ears, over our shoulders and past your finger tips. The softly flowing current carries on past your thighs, knees and ankles and finally you feel it flowing past your little toes.
Again you notice the gentle touch of the water passing by your head to your ears, over our shoulders and past your finger tips. The softly flowing current carries on past your thighs, knees and ankles and finally you feel it flowing past your little toes. Close your eyes and imagine the sensations described.
The water and sand support your body and you notice that as the water washes down you it takes with you all of the tension. Your body gently sways with the current as all the stiffness leaves your body and you become pliable and flowing – just like the water.
Feel how light your body has become, feel how your mind too has become less busy, feeling relaxed.