Bodily movements, speech and mental functions are three-fold activities
of our organism. One of the facets of meditation practice is reduction or
total cessation of each of these activities. Three types of meditation practices
thus ensure from the trinity of activities. Kayotsarga, and its associates
such as Kayagupti, Kayapratisamlinata etc. come under one of these three
literally means ‘abandonment of the body coupled with high degree of conscious
awareness’. 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. It becomes, therefore, the first phase of Preksa Dhayana must
be practised for a few minutes at the commencement of all types of this
technique. Apart from this, Kayotsarga may be independently practised
daily for longer periods, If one learns and practices systematic relaxation
everyday he would remain relaxed, calm and unperturbed in any situation.
Physically it is more restful than sleep, and is the most harmless and
direct antidote to psychosomatic maladies resulting from tension. Spiritually,
in this process, the lifeless body is cast off, while the consciousness
upwards freed from and outside its material shell.
Choose a comfortable position; 'Lotus-posture'
is ideal, but other ones can also be adopted. Keep your spinal cord, neck
and head in a straight line without causing tension. For longer period,
lying flat on a hard ground on a blanket is more suitable. Relaxation commences
with the total cessation of the voluntary movements. Since breathing and
relaxation are linked together, be aware of your breathing. If it is shallow,
hasty and irregular, regulate it until it becomes even, slow and rhythmic.
After this, it may be forgotten altogether. 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 keeping in mind that the
technique is that of patient persuasion, and not forced by strong will-power.
Auto-suggestion 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, which is no longer auto-suggestion, but is real
experience. Once this stage is reached, the body is cast off and forgotten,
and the conscious element reveals its separate existence. Thus Kayotsarga
is not only total relaxation, but actual perception of the self, quite apart
from the material non-self i.e. the body.