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Relaxation II - Close the account at night.

By Rishi Dharmachandra (Gandhar Mandlik ) - Rishi Dharmachandra is a course coordinator at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, he is teaching and practicing yoga for the last 12 years. He was initiated in to Rishi Sannayasa by his Guru Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.

Relaxation II - Close the account at night.

One of my teachers told me his secret of youthfulness and tremendous energy at the age of 85 years. He told me that he tries to close the daily account without any balance or carrying anything forward to the next day. It was a very simple answer but with very deep thoughts attached to it.

In the day we have so many things happening to us, so many emotions are expressed and not expressed, so many thoughts expressed or not expressed, these thoughts are capable of stimulating many negative emotions such as anger, hatred, jealousy, fear, insecurities, worries, desires etc. Various hormones are secreted in the blood by the endocrine glands such as the pituitary, adrenals, thyroid and so on. These hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, noradrenaline etc.) prepare our body for the situation arising out of these emotional disturbances. However, many times the situation, thoughts or emotions are not expressed completely, or the situation does not become normal, the stress remains in the mind continuously, which makes these hormonal levels higher than normal for a longer period of time. This is the cause of the physical and mental problems that we have.

If, at the end of the day, we can try and balance these thoughts and emotions the hormonal levels can become normal. If we do not want to carry forward the stress of the day to the beginning of tomorrow we need to make an effort to resolve these daily stressful issues before going to bed.

The following are some of the recommendations by Yoga Masters.

Before sleep, if the tensions and stressful thoughts are resolved then the sleep is of a better quality. The body can reenergise itself and the mind can regain its strength. In sleep, the deeper mind works on finding solutions to our problems. Good sleep has all the benefits related to our physical and mental health. The next day becomes relaxed and peaceful. Overtime this will lead to better physical and mental health and of course, a long healthy life.

Rishi Dharmachandra (Gandhar Mandlik)