Firstly, consider bringing awareness to the breath. When tension exists in the body or mind, breathing changes. When breathing changes the body is “fueled” differently. The physiological changes that occur with the decrease of oxygen levels causes an increase in cortisol and other harmful hormones to be released in the body. When breath does not flow properly, the organs of the body do not receive enough oxygen or blood flow to function as the body was designed to do. Circumstances may not be able to be changed, but one can learn to control and balance the breath with movement.
Sitting in a quiet environment, place both feet flat on the floor with knees over ankles and back straight in a relaxed manner. Gazing softly at one point or closing the eyes, begin to notice the natural inhale and exhale of the breath. Notice the length and depth of the inhale as the chest expands and the relaxation response that the exhale creates. Follow it in and follow it out several times before bringing the focus to anywhere in the body that is even slightly tight and tense. Begin in the thighs, exhale and soften them gently. Bring awareness to the sits bones and surrounding glutes, feel them relax down. Notice the low back, outer hips and knees as well. The most important part of this breath is the length and depth of it. The goal is an inhale to the count of 4 bottom lung, belly expanding and exhale fully with a long breath. This is where the magic is found. The release into freedom or the power into strength.
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