Breathing

DSC_8791The breath is directly connected to the nervous system. This is documented by medical research.  Yogis have known it for thousand of years. Breath can be used to help create a balance in your system.  I enjoy three breathing practices on a regular basis to maintain well being. Important to Remember:
  • Watch the entire video before you begin to prepare yourself.
  • Read the purpose for each practice to familiarize yourself.
  • Do no more than 2 – 3 repetitions per practice.
  • Choose the appropriate practice for your personal needs.
  • Contact me by email if you have any questions. laurie1059@gmail.com
Practice One – Three Part Breath Purpose: This breath practice helps to balance your system. Directions:
  1. First, exhale completely.
  2. Begin inhaling gently in the abdomen.
  3. Continue to inhale by filling in the mid-section, the diaphragm area.
  4. Next, inhale by filling the chest, allowing the upper chest and the shoulders to rise.
  5. Slowly release all of your breath.
  6. Repeat a total of 2 – 3 repetitions.
  7. Return to normal breathing.
Practice Two – Breath of Energy Purpose:  This breath practice helps to energize you when you are feeling sluggish. Directions:
  1. Sit or stand with a straight spine in a place where you can bend your elbows and move your upper body gently side to side as well as straighten your arms out to each side with ease.
  2. Bend both elbows and gently twist to the left side as you partly inhale through the nose.
  3. Keeping elbows bent, gently twist to the right and complete your inhale through the nose.
  4. Extend your right arm across your chest and twist your upper body to the left as you partly exhale.
  5. Extend your left arm across your chest and twist your upper body to the right as you complete your exhale.
  6. Repeat a total of 2 – 3 repetitions.
  7. Let your breathing return to normal.
Practice Three - Breath of Joy Purpose:  Joy! Directions:
  1. Stand with spine straight, feet comfortably apart, lower abdomen muscles engaged, as you maintain comfortable breathing, shoulders relaxed and by your sides, gaze forward.
  2. Inhale as you raise both arms (palms up) out to the sides and parallel beside your head.
  3. Exhale as you lower your left arm, arching your right arm over your head, reaching and stretching the right side of your body toward the left.
  4. Inhale as you lift your left arm and bring your body back to a straight spine, both arms remained raised.
  5. Exhale and lower your right arm, arching your left arm over your head, reaching and stretching the left side of your body toward the right.
  6. Inhale lift your right arm and bring your body to a straight spine.
  7. Exhale, float both arms down by your sides.
  8. Slightly bend your knees and begin a long deep inhale and raise your arms out in front of you then up parallel to your head ending with your legs mostly straight, not locked.
  9. Quickly lower your arms out to the front, bending your knees and say "Ha!" as you exhale.
  10. Inhale as you raise both arms (palms up) out to the sides and parallel beside  your head.
  11. Repeat steps 3 - 9 one to two more times.

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