The Tradition of Yoga has another special type of running which provides maximum body relaxation through self-suggestion, as done in Shavasana. If to use this running technique in freezing temperatures, it changes the status of the psychic-energy structure so much that it is possible do not feel the cold at all. This allows to run for many kilometers without feeling any fatigue or cold, although the running speed is relatively low.
Relaxation in running is practiced on the basis of «jogging». All parts of the body are relaxed in turns, as is usually done in Shavasana. The relaxation technique may vary depending on the individual experience. And how the relaxation effect is achieved is not as important as finally achieving it .
Learning to relax in Shavasana, beginners usually use the self-suggestion method: «My leg is relaxed, it is heavy and I can hardly lift it», etc. Later, when he knows the result and is familiar with the sense of relaxation, such relaxation is achieved much faster and without any self-suggestions, by direct will-driven transition from the feeling of being «geared» to the feeling of complete relaxation. The same refers to relaxation on the run: first it is necessary to use special self-suggestions, whereas later the same result is achieved by direct will-driven control of the status of the senses.
Given below is an example of one of the possible relaxation schemes with self-suggestion in relaxation in running, which may be creatively changed in accordance with the individual experience, orienting it to efficiently achieve the result.
It is possible to start from the top and move to the bottom. Using the self-suggestion formula used in the familiar Shavasana technique, it is necessary to first relax the muscles of the torso and the neck. Thereafter, go to the arms. The arms should be dropped down along the body, and one should run so that they «dangle» as two leashes. Then, subsequently relax each of the arm’s elements, from the shoulders to the fingertips, using the standard formula, for example: «My arm is relaxed, the forearm muscles are relaxed, the hand freely moves on the fly, the wrist joints are relaxed, I can’t lift my arm, my arm is very heavy, my wrist is hot, the wrist is filled with heat, my wrist breathes like a fire…», etc.
After the relaxation of all the parts of the arms is completed, similarly relax all the muscles of the legs, from the thighs to the toes. While doing this one should not raise the relaxed hands, they should remain dropped down and dangling during the whole time of the run.
An extended relaxation scheme may also include relaxation of the internal organs. Or one may not relax them if sticking to a short variant of the relaxation run.
The cold should never be met with resistance and internal strain, on the contrary, but to relax and tune to harmonious interaction with the temperature of the surroundings and try to enjoy the «goosebumps» caused by the cold, rather than resisting them.
Having achieved complete relaxation and warmed the whole body with «internal fire», it is possible to get down to various psychic concentration models, for example, on «breathing through the Chakras», perceiving the surroundings (trees, mountains, skies, sea, sun, moon, etc.) and interacting with them.
In such a way, one can run for many kilometers in freezing weather and achieve the benefits of running, while accumulating yogi experience by adjusting to the conditions of the surroundings. Relaxation in running may be used in a warm season by creatively changing the scheme and orientation of the self-suggestions in accordance with the specific features of the surroundings.
The body status during relaxation in running is often on the margin between being asleep and being awake. So one should be careful in order to avoid getting into unexpected dangerous situations.