Deep, Relaxing Breath
Sit down on a pillow or blanket with your back against a wall.
Stretch your legs out in front of you or loosely bend your knees, making sure your position is asymmetrical but comfortable. Make sure your spine is straight.
Place one hand on your abdomen and the other hand on your chest.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose into your abdomen - try to push up your hand as much as feels comfortable. Your chest should move only a little.
Continue breathing deeply until it becomes rhythmic and comfortable.
Now smile slightly, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, making a quiet sound as the air flows out of your mouth.
Relax your mouth, tongue and jaw. Take long, slow, deep breaths that raise and lower your abdomen. Hear the sound and feel the texture of breathing as you become more and more relaxed.
When you first begin this technique, do it for five minutes. When you become more comfortable with it, extend it up to 20 minutes.
Before ending the exercise, sit still for a few minutes and keep your entire body relaxed.
- Deeply relaxes the body and mind
- Helps digestion
- Relieves stress during the rest of your day
- Increases energy and motivation for the rest of the day
Brain Waves of Peace
The human brain generates four wave length patterns: delta, theta, alpha, and beta. When your eyes are closed and you are in a relaxed meditative state, your brain creates alpha waves. Research has confirmed that even a new yoga practitioner can create an alpha state while practicing postures if he or she is allowed to become relaxed through breathing deeply first.