Kayotsarga 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.
Method of Kayotsarga
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.