Yes, it’s the holiday season again. Since we are all connected, whether we are conscious of this connection or not, this time of the year carries a very strong vibration for all. Some feel this strong vibration as an uplifting energy, others feel overwhelmed, and others feel a heavy sadness. And then there are all the possible emotions in between!
Regardless of each individual’s perception, there is a stress on our whole being. Although it is extremely difficult to control our emotions, there is a way that we can cope more easily with the stress we may be
Our breath is directly related to our emotions. Shallow, upper body breath is
associated with anxiety and stress. Lower abdominal breathing calms the mind
and therefore the body.
Here is a very simple exercise that anyone can do anytime of the day to help oxygenate the entire body and calm the mind:
- exhale completely thru the nose
- when you feel you can exhale no more, contract your navel area to squeeze your belly button toward your spine, and exhale even more.
- Then very, very slowly, inhale through the nose a very deep breath, by first inflating your belly and working your way up to lifting your clavicle.
- When you feel your lungs completely full, exhale completely again thru the nose and repeat as often as you like, very smoothly.
You may feel dizzy so always do your practice sitting down, and never while you are driving.
I wish you peace this season,
Tai Chi Instructor