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Just breathe...

Dear Breathers!


Each if us has been gifted with a stress reducer and that is our capacity to breathe.


Now more than ever we need to do our pranayama (breath control). It’s available to all of us right now. Here is the scoop and it’s short and sweet but it will carry you a long way in these anxiety ridden days.


Picture your lungs as two balloons and imagine filling them from the bottom to the top.


Take as much time as you can to inhale that breath through your nose and exhale it through your nose (as best you can).


Doing this right now is activating the parasympathetic nervous system...the nerves that calm you down.


When you exhale that breath you are activating nitric acid which is a boost to your immune system.


At first, just slow the breath down coming in and slow it going out and then gradually see if you can just pause briefly between the inhale and the exhale.


When this begins to feel comfortable, see if you can do the 5-3-5-3 . inhale  5 , pause 3 .exhale 5 pause 3.


Today and tomorrow time yourself and see how few breaths you can take in one full minute.


No stress, but experts do say that less than 10 breaths a minute is a goal to shoot for, maybe not today or tomorrow but eventually.


Remember, breathing is life.


In these fragile times we need to breath deeply for all those who are struggling to breathe.


Please, please remember you are saving your life and the lives of others by following the guidelines that MEDICAL experts are encouraging.


May the Source of peace grant peace to you and yours and all beings everywhere.


Namaste,


Barbara

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