Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.
Mystic India November 21, 2016Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Meditation, Music & Dance.
In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, taking time to press the “pause button” is important. Here’s one of my favorite calming soothing mantras from the Mystic India CD:
To further calm and soothe yourself:
Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.
Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.
Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.
Aah . . . that’s better!