Knowhow-Now Article

Breathing And Relaxing

You don't need to fall into the stress mode of life. You can use breath to relax, rather than stress, your mind and body. Yoga helps you to relearn that natural state that your body and mind want to be in: relaxation.

Deep breathing is both calming and energizing. The energy you feel from a few minutes of careful breathe is not nervous or hyper, but that calm, steady energy we all need. Slow, steady, and quiet breathing gives a message to your nervous system: Be calm.

Whole books have been written on yoga breathing. Here is one 5-minute Breath Break. (Read through the instructions several times before you try the practice.)

1. Sit with your spine as straight as possible. Use a chair if necessary but don't slump into it. Feet flat on the floor with knees directly over the center of your feet. Use a book or cushion under your feet if they do not rest comfortably on the floor. Hands are on the tops of your legs.

2. Close your eyes gently and let them rest behind closed lids.

3. Think about your ribs, at the front, back, and at the sides of your body. Your lungs are behind those ribs.

4. Feel your lungs filling up, your ribs expanding out and up. Feel your lungs emptying, your ribs coming back down and in. Don't push the breath.

5. The first few times you do this, do it for 2 to 3 minutes, then do it for up to 5 to 10 minutes. At first, set aside a time at least once a day to do this. When you learn how good it makes you feel, you'll want to do it at other times as well.

Just as one stressful situation goes into your next challenge, relaxing for a few minutes every day gradually carries over into the rest of your daily life and activities.

Comments
Order by: 
Per page:
 
  • There are no comments yet
   Comment Record a video comment
 
 
 
     
Related Articles
Bodyweight training exercises are almost equipment-free and can be used in any situation; for example, at the gym or in your garage at home. You will be amazed at the effectiveness of these bodyweight exercises shown on our pages.
15.09.2016 · From Editor
There's a good reason that you're not seeing your body shape up the way that you want it to. You have to follow a nutritionally sound eating plan along with an appropriate exercise program
20.04.2016 · From spanglers
Ideally personal training should include a) of course exercise b) diet and c) nutrition. It is a perfect blend of these vital measures that help you benefit from personal training. And one must f...
17.04.2016 · From seomanual
If you get stressed up with life, or worse, if you suffer with depression then there's something that you might want to try: meditation. We can't avoid stress or depression but we can learn to manage them. Yoga is a great way to manage depression!
22.03.2016 · From Sophie_Addison
Modern living is fatiguing. Who doesn't want to feel better in their everyday life? Well, Yoga has an answer for you. Here's how to use Yoga to reduce your fatigue and feel better about life. Best yet, it need not even take much time! Check out our yoga tips!
29.02.2016 · From Editor
Ads
Article Info
305 Views
0 Subscribers
All Articles by alayalewis
Sharing Is Good!
Rate
0 votes