Did you know stress is a major cause of inflammation in your body?
Did you know you can reduce the impact of stress by practicing deep breathing?
I have been a yoga and meditation instructor for almost a decade. I have been a practicing yogi since my late teens. I have seen firsthand the empowerment this practice can give. In my coaching practice all of my clients are invited to learn practices of deep breathing for stress reduction. This is a fundamental piece of my coaching practice to start reducing inflammation, lose weight and increase the immune system. Stress elevates the Cortisol hormone in your body which can lead to belly fat.
By not giving yourself over to stress and staying in a centered place you allow yourself permission to navigate the fields of life with clarity and calmness.
Take a full deep breath in and full exhale out before confronting any situation such as making a impromptu decision or speaking to an adversary.
Try this quick, simple and effective breathing exercise. This is best practiced while lying on your back, so you might want to try it while falling asleep or upon waking. It can help you unwind from a hectic day, or face a new day with a calm outlook.
Close your eyes, letting your arms rest alongside your body, and focus attention on your breath without trying to influence it. Focus on your inhale and your exhale.
Now imagine that with each inhalation the universe is blowing breath into you and with each exhalation withdrawing it. Imagine yourself to be the passive recipient of breath. As the universe breathes into you, let yourself feel the breath penetrating to every part of your body, even your fingers and toes.
Try to hold the perception for ten cycles of exhalation and inhalation. Start with doing this once per day.