Sukshma Yoga - Your Quick Fix Yoga Solution!

Submitted by Jerry Parker on January 3, 2013

Today, there are several schools of yoga that can help improve a person’s mental and physical health. Routines that combine various sequences of asanas and pranayama deep breathing exercises are generally recommended to receive the most benefits from these traditional types of yoga.

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These routines need to be practiced consistently and for a certain amount of time before any tangible benefits can be seen. Alternatively, there is also the school of Sukshma yoga or subtle yoga where the exercises are short and simple and can be done anywhere and by anyone.

Regular practitioners of Sukshma yoga swear that this form of yoga is the fastest way to relax both the body and the mind.


They claim that these simple exercises can be done at your work desk, when lying in bed, or even when traveling to help open up the channels of energy in the body and provide an instant recharge. On days when you are too tired to exercise or are too stressed to think straight, spending even seven minutes on a few Sukshma yoga techniques can make all the difference.  Here are some of the Sukshma exercises that you could try and experience the difference:

  • Roll your eyes first clockwise and then anti-clockwise for five to six times.
  • Shut your eyes tight and then open them as wide as you can. Do this ten to fifteen times to relieve stress.
  • Use your thumb and index finger and pinch the skin around the eyebrows to relax your facial muscles.
  • Raise your eyebrows as high as you can. Hold for a few seconds and then release and close your eyes. This helps reduce tension.
  • Rub your palms till they are warm. Place warm palms over your closed eyes for some time and repeat.
  • Pull along the rim of your ears to activate the sensitive nerve endings and stimulate various parts of the body.
  • The body stores stress and tension in the jaw line. Massage along the jaw line with the tips of your fingers to relieve stress.
  • Open your mouth as wide as you can and then shut it close to loosen the jaw as well.
  • Gently rotate your neck both clockwise and anticlockwise. Try and inhale when you move your head up and exhale as your head returns down to the starting position.
  • Shake your hands vigorously for two minutes and then hold them still for a while.

Apart from the instant benefits of these exercises, a regular practice of Sukshma yoga also helps improve your awareness of the mind-body connection and the various energy channels in your body. Happy practicing!

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