Breath of Life:
Breathing, Relaxation And Stretching For
It’s no secret that one of the keys to Longeity is to
keep breathing as long as you can.
Yet, simple breathing – the inoluntary act so many of us take for granted – is much
more than the mere physiological act of taking in oxygen.
Ancient practitioners of Chi Kung, Tai Chi and other forms of marital arts have
long known that disciplined intentional breathing affected physical as well as
emotional itality. irtually eery
major spiritual discipline uses a form of breath awareness as part of its
practice. In most languages, the word
for breath is the same as the word for spirit.
In Japan, the word is ki, in Hindu writings, prana, and in China, Qi or
chi. Breath is the life force and the
significant carrier of energy in the human system. Through mindful breathing techniques, indiiduals have learned to
control their heartbeats, blood flow, blood pressure, immune system, mental conditions
and even pain. Qi Gong masters direct
the breath to heal specific body tissues and organs.
Carola Speads, a German moement therapist, in her book Breathing: The ABC’s,
says that disciplined breathing, “gives us physiological and psychological
balance and the balance of yin and yang,” a symbolic expression of masculine
and feminine energy.
Recently, there has been an upsurge of interest in the arious techniques of
breathing and the many ancient practices that utilize breath to deelop the
exploration and empowerment of the inner self.
Breathing from the chest is too shallow and limits the amount of oxygen
that enters the blood stream. Breath
must be drawn in from the belly, expanding the abdomen in smooth and rhythmic
RELAXATION And The Breath Of Life
The word relaxation should bring to mind the definitie
work of Herbert Benson, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harard
Medical School. In his book, The
Relaxation Response, Benson elaborates on the necessity to learn relaxation
techniques in today’s stress-filled existence.
He outlines a simple meditatie technique that can be used alongside of
any other discipline or spiritual practice.
- Find a quiet enironment – a place free from
- Create a comfortable position for
- Aoid undue muscle tension. A sitting position works well. You can use a chair that supports the
head if the idea of sit up and relax doesn’t come naturally to you.
- Only a few are comfortable with the lotus
position of the yogis. Do not
attempt to lie down, as you may get drowsy or fall asleep. (Sleep itself isn’t a bad way to relax,
but it’s not a form of actie, conscious stress reduction – and
consciously falling asleep doesn’t count!)
- Choose a mental deice – a sound,
word or phrase – repeat it silently or aloud. Follow your breathing, become aware of your breath. Relax.
Do this as you fix your gaze at a stationary object – NOT the
Assume a passie attitude. Don’t worry about how you’re performing, what you’re getting
out of the exercise, or what you should be doing instead of the
exercise. This is so important:
let go! Just let it happen. Let
the words sink deep within you. Do
this twice a day for at least fifteen minutes. It has been conclusiely proen to help heal the body, and
proides seeral additional benefits that you begin feeling the first or
second day that you begin this.
ADDITIONAL METHODS AND SHORTCUTS
Inest just seen or eight minutes per day, especially
during normally wasteful minutes – such as when you’re waiting at traffic
lights, riding in a ehicle (where someone else is driing, naturally), close
your eyes and simply isualize yourself in your faorite place on earth, doing
the things you enjoy the most. Allow
yourself to float into that isualization, and you find your energy leels
going up, your reactions more positie and affirming; your ideas more creatie, among seeral other benefits of this.
Infants know how to breathe, because we’re born knowing how:
full, complete respirations, which means letting all the air out of your lungs,
and then replacing it with good, deep, full breaths. By the age of ten or twele, when we become psycho-socio-sexually
aware of ourseles, we become so concerned with how others iew and respond to
us that we literally and most definitiely forget how to breathe properly,
drawing shallower breaths than is healthy.
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