The Power of Breath Work and Relaxation
Christmas time can be stressful for many people in so many different ways, but it is important to note that it is not just Christmas that brings about worry and stress.
75% of our population are experiencing some form of stress daily!!
There are so many techniques I can share with you but here are a couple of very simple and easy to do practices even if you are not someone that takes to a Yoga mat!
The Ahhhh Breath and Bliss Visualisation
Close your eyes, relax back and take a few ahhh breaths. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth like you are misting up a mirror in front of you making an ahhh sound.
Be sure to control it but do not force it out, make even inhales and exhales comfortably long. Then drop the ahhh breath and just let the natural breath return.
Sit quietly and without movement and remember a time when you felt happy and comfortable.
See, hear and feel as well as pick up on any smells or even tastes in the memory.
Make it a big bright bold picture, turn the volume up on all you hear, especially your internal dialogue and really connect with the feelings.
How easy it is to re-live those situations right here and now without being there! How powerful is the mind!?....
Your Nervous System doesn’t know if it is being vividly created in the mind or happening for real it just connects with the feelings.
So be your own mental interior decorator and fire up some powerful thoughts in order to get in control of your state.
Sit comfortably in a chair, on a cushion or on the floor, however you sit (cross legged or just upright in a chair) just make sure your chin is parallel to the floor and that your spine is nicely lifted and elongated.
Gently release your shoulders downwards and take a moment or two just to settle into your seat and leave your day where it is!
Start to make your natural breath nice and deep and you will hear its rhythm. Make sure the inhale and the exhale are of equal length and there is no strain (make it feel comfortable).
Concentrate on the inhaling and exhaling breath work and stay with an even breath rhythm and focus full attention on the breath, if the mind wanders, bring it back to concentrate on the breath.
Visualise the breath inhaling from the base of the body up to the crown and then a pressured release as you exhale from crown to base.
Connect with the visual, the sound and the feeling of your breath.
You are doing wonders for your nervous system and calming your state. Stay for as long as is comfortable and then release the control of the breath and just be still for a few moments.