Breath for Stress

Breath for Stress

With the holiday hustle and bustle, shopping, parties and the over indulgence of food and cocktails, the holiday season can be an overwhelming and a stressful time for many of us.

This is the prime time to come face to face with the obstacles of stress and a perfect opportunity to bring your yoga practice into your life. Finding time to create a little bit of me time in stillness, along with breath, can keep you in a tranquil state of being. Mind silence can do wonders for us during the busiest season of our calendar, so here is a breath technique you can take with you anytime and anywhere when you feel you need to take a few moments out of your day to reconnect and recharge your mind and body.

Here’s how to do it:

Sit comfortably with an upright spine. Scan your body of any tension and notice where you hang on to your tension and then allow yourself to release it. Find stillness within.

Once you center yourself in this moment…

1. Allow yourself to take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of four.

2. Hold your breath for seven counts as if you were holding your breath underwater and stay calm while retaining your breath inwards.

3. Slowly and completely exhale all the air out through the mouth for a count of eight. Allow any hint of tension in your shoulders, chest, face or where ever you hold on to tension in your physical body to release, to dissolve away, leaving you free of any tension, bringing balance back into your state of being.

Repeat 8 to 10 more times and allow any resistance you are hanging onto to dissipate and to release. Just let it go.

Enjoy this calming, cleansing breath and allow it to calm and cool your mind and help you gain a sense of clarity and control during this frazzle dazzle time of the year.

Let this challenging time be a time of learning to stay calm within sensation and to be non-reactive when lifes’ expectancies become overwhelming. Challenge yourself to be here in the now enjoying the presence of family, friends and gatherings.

As we close another chapter in our life, let this moment of stillness be a moment of reflection on what your life journey has brought you so far. Appreciating and learning from your past experiences and as we turn the page, inviting in new intentions for opportunity and new beginnings.

Let’s celebrate and enjoy this season of peace, love and generosity and cultivate it so that it overflows gracefully and effortlessly as it should in 2013.

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