Modern life is full of challenges and many people suffer from the stress related disorders due to the demands of our hectic lifestyles, competitiveness, working long hours, meeting demands and expectations placed on us by others. Living in such a fast paced world it is often difficult to find time to relax. Many people initially seek out yoga as a way to try to overcome the stresses and demands they face in their daily lives. Between work and domestic commitments it is often difficult for people to find the time to nurture themselves.
Taking time out to sit down and read a news paper, watch television, have a cigarette, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee is not real relaxation in fact they are simply sensory diversions and in some cases are stimulating to the body and the mind. Real relaxation can only be experienced when the senses are withdrawn from the stimulus of the outside world and the awareness is directed to the inner world.