A certain openness towards autogenic training is certainly essential if it is to be effective in the long term. Nevertheless one should convince oneself of the positive effect, so that a critical attitude at the beginning is certainly not inappropriate. Moreover, it is important to set a goal that you want to achieve through autogenic training (e.g. I would like to meet the everyday challenges but be more relaxed)
For the success of autogenic training, a training phase in which you learn the exercises and 'burn them in' is indispensable. With increasing experience, the degree of relaxation increases. After all, you cannot force them.
At the beginning it is also important that you incorporate as many daily exercise phases as possible, ideally at regular times such as after getting up, before going to sleep, etc. After the intensive training phase, you can move on to the application phase, in which two training sessions a week are enough to maintain your level. It is also advisable to record the exercises or experience at the beginning.
Autogenic training is always carried out in a certain posture, which can however be different. There are, for example, cab driver postures, sitting postures in different variations and lying postures. After all, you decide which posture suits you best or which posture is currently feasible under the spatial conditions.
At the beginning of each exercise you close your eyes loosely. It is also possible to initiate relaxation by imagining a soothing image, such as a sunset or mountain lake. In the following, basal exercises are introduced to you: the heaviness exercise, the heat exercise and the breathing exercise. These are constitutive for the autogenic training.