Feeling a bit stressed or anxious?
Need a reboot so you are up for the next challenge in your busy day?
Yearning for that feeling of contentment you get after your yoga practice?
By tuning into your breath for a minute or two, you can down-regulate and shift into your parasympathetic nervous system.
Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and try any (or all) of the following – repeat 5 to 10 times before returning to normal breathing.
For instant relaxation, inhale for 5 counts, hold for 1 count, exhale for 10 counts. As you inhale and exhale, chant in your head, Om 1, Om 2, Om 3, etc.
To relieve tension (and relax you), inhale and exhale an equal number of counts. Inhale for three to five counts, then exhale for the same number of counts.
To renew your energy, inhale for 6 counts, hold for 4 counts, then exhale for 6 counts; hold at the end of the exhale for 1 count.
Just as breath brings life to your yoga practice, it can also relax, relieve tension, and energize you. Enjoy!