Rest~ Relax and Rejuvenate

Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate
             Learning how to slow down and take deep breaths will help you to relax.  Have you ever noticed that when you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or anger, you usually have a shallow quick breath, whereas when you are sitting by the ocean watching the sunset or resting on a massage table your breath is deep and slow? Taking deep breaths can help your body slow down and relax.
Eastern philosophies of health and well-being emphasize the balance of an invisible vital energy in the body, known as qi, pronounced chee.  When a person is healthy, qi flows smoothly along channels in the body known as meridians.  The flow of qi depends on the balance of two complementary yet opposing forces: yin and yang.  When yin and yang are imbalanced in the body from stress, inactivity, anxiety, poor eating habits or spiritual neglect, energy flow through the meridians becomes blocked and causes symptoms of illness.
Go through the following steps to experience the calming effects of deep breathing:
1.  Find a comfortable place to sit: chair, floor, yoga mat, pillow, or bed.
2.  Close your eyes and place your hands on your stomach and take a nice deep breath in; feel your diaphragm expand as your lungs fill with air. Exhale and empty all of the air out of your lungs.  Feel a sense of relief in your mind and your body with each exhale.
3.  Try to keep the air movement slow and continuous.
4.  Try not to hold your breath; instead, gradually build up the length of each exhalation until you have reached 6 or 7 seconds.
5.  Think of each exhalation as a release of the negative energy, stress and anxiety out of your body and into the universe, leaving you the opportunity to rebalance the energy within your body.
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