Don't Wait to Exhale
Thomas Fortel teaches people how to breathe. Surprisingly,
nearly all of us would benefit from some instruction.
"The average person breathes in short, shallow, rapid breaths,
which corresponds to a state of mind," says Fortel, a Big Sur,
Calif., yoga instructor. "In praniyama (breathing) classes, you
slow and lengthen your breath, which has a calming effect on the
nervous system and the mind."
You don't need to commit to a two-hour praniyama class to
benefit from conscious breathing. Even 10 minutes of measured, deep
inhalations followed by forceful exhalations can flush out tension
and calm you.
Sit in a quiet place and inhale while silently and slowly
counting to three. Then exhale for three counts. Increase
inhalation and exhalation to four slow counts.
Continue up to a count of eight, focusing on even and deep
breathing. Envision absorbing nature's energy during inhalations
and then breathing light into the world as you exhale.
therapy relieves tension in the chest and shoulders, which can
improve breathing. And use these techniques during your massage
to get the best relaxation benefits.