Mindful Relaxation Meditation is similar to the carefully designed steps of Yoga Nidra as conceived by Swami Satyananda. This practice involves total body stillness in the supine position, to help relax all the layers of the mind. First the BODY (the physical mind) relaxes, then the THINKING mind, and finally the EMOTIONAL mind. It is practiced with an appropriate covering for warmth, or soothing, with head-phones on a low volume.
Experience one of the MRM mp3's
Rest the body down into the pull of gravity, settle the body and become still.
Stillness starts the magic.
To begin the practice lie down and allow your muscles to soften to the floor; eyes & mouth closed softly; and gentle, easy breathing, through the nose.
... and like this the simple, subtle (and so very practical) process which leads to joyful, healthy living, begins. Wonderful for everyone. The general public would do well to practice MRM as often as they have a shower. Relaxation not only calms but also strengthens the central nervous system, and therefore, the body and mind.
Specific techniques are used to progressively deepen relaxation. First the body is addressed, then the conscious mind, sub-conscious mind and finally the unconscious mind, inducing immediate relaxation, at the time of practice, but working very deeply over months and years, gradually and softly, easing tensions which we may not be able to identify in everyday life, but which we can feel affecting us, influencing our behaviour. Slowly, but surely, one grows lighter and happier.
According to yogamag, in a 1979 article by Dr. Karel Nespor, Czechoslavakia
"Yogic relaxation is a concentrated form of rest. It has immediate effects upon one's vitality and production during the working day. Some people I have met have the ability to stay relaxed throughout the day. For example, one of my university teachers appeared to be carefree and loose to the point of laziness. It surprised me to learn from a doctor collaborating closely with him, that he was actually a highly productive, active man."