Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax? When I first read that question, I thought of all the usual places we run to when we need to relax; bed, retreats, saunas, pools, gardens, walking paths, and such. Then, I thought of all the things we do to help us relax; listen to music, massages, relaxation techniques like biofeedback, breath work, meditation, yoga, visualization, t’ai chi and even self-hypnosis. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more it became apparent that the key element that helps all of our effort and choices to get relaxed is our breath…
BREATH or what in Sanskrit and yoga is known as Pranayama; “the extension of breath or the life force,” is what helps us pull it together amidst the chaos of our surroundings. Wherever we go, whatever we choose to do to help us relax, begins with regulation or slowing down of our breath. With each inhalation, we take in a calming shift of oxygen to steady our mind, and with each exhalation, we release our tensions and begin to let go of the toxins that have built up during the day. So why don’t more of us practice the simple art of breath work? More below.
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“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris quotes
I think, sometimes, when people hear the term, they start to visualize yogis twisted into pretzel shapes, snorting clouds of air, and shooting flames out of their nostrils… but it is quite simple; especially if you wish to skip the esoteric aspects of it. Just like some of us enjoy celebrating complex rituals before we do anything, others prefer simple celebrations. There are complex breathing techniques and simple ones; there are simple approaches to everything. We can begin the process of learning to relax by following a few simple approaches or steps: See below.
Here are some very simple steps: Adjust your posture wherever you are until you feel comfortable. If feasible, close your eyes and take a deep, slow inhalation; a breath inwards to the pit of your stomach. Pause for a couple of seconds. Release the breath by exhaling slowly and fully. Pause. Repeat inhalation. Do this a few times. Try a minimum three times and on that third exhalation, wiggle your fingers, shake out your hands gently and imagine the tension leaving your body. Repeat as needed. Learning to relax begins with us. Where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax? Before going anywhere, let’s begins within. Breathe! What about you? What do you think? What are your thoughts? What does relaxation mean to you? How do you relax? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: When you’re stressed or overwhelmed, where is the best place in the world for you to go to relax?
Positive Motivation Tip: Learning to relax begins with our breath. Breathe consciously!
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