03 May Breathing Exercise for Health
This exercise was developed based on a few books I read and also the audiobook by Andrew Weill, MD.
It promotes health by returning the functions of your body to normal levels and allowing you to let go of stress and negativity.
There are three steps
1. Stimulating Breath (One Minute)
2. Relaxing Breath (~Three Minutes)
3. Meditation (1-20 minutes or more if you desire)
The stimulating breath allows your body to wake up and be aware of it’s functions. It is very simple. First, blow your nose you will be breathing deeply in and out through your nose and you don’t want snot all over your face. Put your tongue to the roof of your mouth and start breathing in and out through the nose with your mouth closed. For 20 seconds to one minute breath in and out rapidly through your nose. Breathe hard and quickly and you will feel yourself waking up. Once you finish the 20-60 second of breathing open your mouth and proceed to the Relaxing Breath.
The relaxing breath returns you body to it’s natural self-healing state. Start by breathing in through the nose for a full four second count. Then keep your mouth closed and hold your breath for a full seven second count. Finally breathe out through your mouth for a full eight seconds. Push all of the air out when breathing out and pull all of the air possible in while breathing in. Keep the tongue to the roof of your mouth and repeat 2-8 times.
Breathe In 1, 2, 3, 4
Hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Breathe Out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
After the Relaxing Breath start breathing normally or fully at a relaxed natural pace. Sit comfortably and let the thoughts in your head come and go. Stay relaxed. Relax the muscles of your face and each part of your body. Breathe.
Try starting with a timer for 10 minutes (for the whole process of stimulating breath, relaxing breath and meditation) and add two minutes per week until you are meditating for 20 minutes at a time.
Do this whole process twice a day and I guarantee your stress and health will improve dramatically. Remember to always combine these practices with a good diet and other exercises you have known to work for you in the past.