“Most Folks Pursue Pleasure With Such Passion & Haste That They Hurry Past It”
“The Time To Relax Is When You Don’t Have Time For It”
What Is A Breathing Exercise?
There are many different forms of breathing exercises depending on the discipline performed and the results desired. For my purpose of getting relaxed in preparation to do Affirmations, EFT or Self Introspection, I use the simple form of Belly or Abdominal Breathing. My goal is to slow down and place my mind in a receptive state. Take the time to relax and “Enjoy the Little Things in Life, One Day you’ll Look Back & Realize they were the Big Things”.
How Is Belly Breathing Performed?
Belly breathing is done by contracting the diaphragm muscle located between the chest and stomach cavity. When this muscle is contracted, air enters the lungs while the stomach expands. By using the diaphragm, more air is taken into the lungs. This technique exceeds the volume of air inhaled by using the chest muscles during normal breathing. The result is more air in, meaning more oxygen absorption which is therapeutic for the muscles of the body. A simple example would be:
Sit and wear loose clothing (get comfortable)
Put a hand on your stomach (to feel your stomach expand)
Slowly inhale through the nose (this slows down the breath)
Place hand on the stomach (feel the stomach expand)
Pause for a short moment
Slowly exhale through the nose (this slows down the breath)
Place hand on the stomach (feel the stomach contract)
Repeat five to ten times, this is one set of breaths
How Often and How Many Times?
Since breathing exercises are so simple, they can be performed as often as desired. Simply inhale deeply through the nose to the count of ten, pause and then slowly and completely exhale for the count of ten. Repeat these slow rhythmic breaths five to ten times in a row. Pause for a minute and repeat the deep breaths again. Usually by the third set of breaths, I have relaxed. I will then perform a Progressive Muscle Relaxation routine. As a “Tip”, in order to take these deep breaths comfortably, it is best to wear loose fitting clothes. Since the stomach is expanding, any restrictive clothing can cause discomfort.
Benefits of Breathing Exercises the Six R’s:
“The Six R’s of Breathing Exercises – Reflect, Recover, Renew, Regrow, Reconnect & Relax” are yours just by performing your breathing exercises routine. Your mind and body become rejuvenated and are ready to proceed through your day with a smile. Keep in mind the benefits of a smile; “There is no Cosmetic for Beauty Like Happiness, Be Happy; Be Beautiful” wear a smile on your face!!!
Another benefit of doing deep breathing exercises regularly, is that it helps reduce the symptoms of stress. This is such a simple method that you can easily do it at work, home or even at play. “Adopt the Pace of Mother Nature, Her Secret is Patience.”
The benefits of breathing exercises is well documented. Over 10% of the U.S. Population practices some form of breathing exercise. The Zero Limits system can help and guide you on your journey of self improvement. Take a look inside and see what it has to offer.
What are your thoughts on Breathing Exercises for Relaxation? Please comment below!
Note: As always, before you perform any physical or mental exercise, check with your doctor to make sure that it is right for you.
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