Posts Tagged ‘breathing’

Friday Five: 5 Ways to Destress

1. Take a deep breath.

Don’t move. Feel the breath go in your mouth, through your throat, into the chest, into the belly. Out the belly, the chest, the throat, the mouth. Breath it into your fingers and your toes. Close your eyes. Listen. Breathe.

2. Meditate for 5 minutes.

If this is hard, try repeating a mantra as you sit, cross-legged, in a comfortable seat. Perhaps sit on a blanket. Back and neck are long. On the inhale, think, LET, on the exhale, GO. Inhale, LET, exhale, GO. Set a timer, or just stop when you’re ready.

3. Accept yourself today. (Or at least try.)

Don’t wait for when you are thinner, are in better shape, get a promotion, accomplish some goal. Accept yourself today, because it’s wasting time if you can only think about the future or the past. Be present, and be okay with you as you are. (This is not to say don’t have goals – just don’t beat yourself up if you’re not where you want to be.)

Inhale, Exhale… 1. Inhale, Exhale… 2. [Yoga Teacher Training - Sun Sals]

Teaching Beginner Sun Salutation:

Inhale, raise your prayer, see your thumbs.

Exhale, fold forward.

Inhale, raise chest, shoulders back.

Exhale, step or jump back, chaturanga.

Inhale, upward facing dog, urdhva mukha svanasana.

Exhale, downward facing dog, adho mukha svanasana.

Inhale, exhale… 1.

Inhale, sits bones shine towards the ceiling, exhale, press heels to earth, 2.

Inhaleexhale… 3.

Inhaleexhale… 4.

Inhale, raise your heels, exhale, bend knees, look forward.

Inhale, jump forward, flat back.

Exhale, fold, long neck.

Inhale, raise your prayer, see your thumbs.

Exhale, tadasana.

Repeat.

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