Installment One - THE BODY
Starting with the BODY:
Practice my “Basic Breathing for Beginners.”
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CLICK HERE to get the Breathing Contest™ companion handout.
This is the simple reminder to:
1) close your mouth,
2) breathing through the nose,
3) slow it down,
4) exhale longer than you inhale.
Try to make this a regular practice, and a new lifestyle. Don’t wait until you’re anxious to practice this. By practicing slow, relaxed breathing through the nose, with extended exhales, the whole system benefits. In future posts and with my online materials, we will delve further into these scientifically proven benefits.
Here are some:
When we breath with our nostrils only, it slows down and reduces oxygen intake. This calms the whole body down, causing the "Relaxation Response" or move into “parasympathetic dominance” or the “rest and digest” mode. This calms the heartbeat, blood pressure, obviously respiration, metabolism, and more. Practicing this regularly when you don't "need it," makes the return to calm and stability easily available when you are on the spot or in the moment of the challenge. It becomes handy, just when you do need it most. This is similar to the scales the pianist or violinist practices before learning a piece and going on stage to perform (so his fingers and he can glide over the instrument with comfort and ease). The "performance" is successful because of the prior diligent and repeated practice.