Power of Relaxation: Align Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Life Through Meditation. This book details Yogi Ashokananda’s unique, down-to-earth approach to meditation – one that is deeply rooted in ancient Indian traditions but also fully adapted to the demands of contemporary Western living. Yogi explains the importance of relaxation and draws on tantric wisdom to guide the reader toward an understanding of the energy we control within our bodies. In contrast to other meditation techniques, Yogi’s method begins with the body rather than the mind as the focal point of meditation, as his emphasis is on embracing both our human and higher selves. By physically challenging the body and focusing attention on the lower chakras, we can bridge the divide between our material and spiritual selves, heal any conflicts or splits caused by modern society, and explore all facets of our personality. The connection between the body and emotions is well-established scientifically, and the exchange and union of body and mind that occurs during Yogi’s meditations is especially effective for relaxation. By channeling and directing energy flow through breath control and simple arm movements, Yogi demonstrates how to achieve perfect balance in the body and rid it of samskaras, the energetic residue of emotional scars that can make us lethargic, depressed, stressed, and anxious. The benefits of evenly distributing breath and energy are felt on every level: the five elements’ essences are balanced within the body’s organs; emotional and spiritual renewal and transformation occur; self-awareness, vitality, clarity, and a sense of calm, balance, and harmony are enhanced; and the digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems are all positively impacted.