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Breathing: Three Exercises

Breathing: Three Exercises
"Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders." Andrew Weil, M.D. Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress: The Stimulating Breath, The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (also called the Relaxing Breath), and Breath Counting. Exercise 1: The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath) The Stimulating Breath is adapted from yogic breathing techniques. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. Watch a video of Dr. Exercise 2: The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. Related:  Auras & Energy

8 Simple Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day It's not always easy to get to yoga class. Whether it's a late night at work or something else, we get it; sometimes that hour of downward dogging just doesn't happen. There's no reason not to strike a few poses throughout the day, though. Here are 7 yoga poses to do every day -- yes, even at the office. When You Wake Up Cat-Cow (Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post) Cat-cow is the perfect way to wake up the entire spine after it's been resting for a solid seven to eight hours (we hope). Downward Dog Downward dog stretches out the back, legs and arms. Mid-Morning Standing Forward Fold When you've been sitting all morning, a standing forward fold is a great (and not all that noticeable) way too stretch your legs and back. After Lunch Seated Forward Fold Seated forward folds are great for digestion, so taking this pose after lunch is a wise choice. Mid-Afternoon Warrior 2 If you fall victim to the 4 p.m. slump, instead of reaching for sugar or caffeine, try taking Warrior 2. Evening Pigeon Pose Child's Pose

6 Ways to Open Your Life up to Cosmic Energy Anna HuntWaking Times As mainstream science starts to more-openly recognize the effectiveness of practices such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture and so forth, more of us are learning that we are energetic beings, who must consider how other energies affect our well-being. As believed from an early age by Taoist Masters in China, and later proven by quantum physics, we are all connected; even through the outer reaches of space and time, we are all connected to the “Way” of the cosmos, the Tao. With this knowledge, it is up to each of us to decide if we want to connect to the flow of this loving energy that surrounds us, or do we ignore it and close ourselves off from it. 1. Sometimes we don’t even realize how besieged we are with negativity. Do you complain? There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. 2. 3. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. 4. 5. 6. About the Author

Isha Kriya Yoga - Free Online Guided Meditation Video By Sadhguru Rooted in the timeless wisdom of the yogic sciences, Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent process created by yogi and mystic, Sadhguru. Isha Kriya is free, simple, and easy to practice. Available as a guided meditation with an instructional video and downloadable instructions, as well as through live classroom sessions, it has the potential to transform the life of anyone who is willing to invest just 12 minutes a day. “Isha” refers to that which is the source of creation; “kriya” literally means “internal action.” The purpose of Isha Kriya is to help an individual get in touch with the source of his existence, to create life according to his own wish and vision. Today, for most people, the word “yoga” usually conjures up images of twisting the body into impossible postures. It is the vision of Sadhguru to offer “one drop of spirituality” to every individual. About Sadhguru Visit Isha.Sadhguru.org Visit IshaFoundation.org What exactly is meditation? Meditation and the Mind Our Sponsors

Sunscreen vs. Cancer vs. Vitamin D ~ via Ryan Wanger My entire life, I’ve been told over and over and over: exposure to the sun causes cancer. But what if it were the other way around? Exposure to sunlight actually prevents cancer?!? I’ll describe this in more detail shortly, but first, a quick summary: Plenty of studies have reported that Vitamin D prevents many types of cancerSunlight accounts for up to 75% of our daily Vitamin D intakeSkin cancer rates for Caucasians in the US have almost tripled in the last 30 years. Now clearly, I am not a doctor, so consider this information and do your own research. Vitamin D Seems to Prevent Cancer While no one is staking their reputation on this, over and over and over again, studies are showing decreased cancer rates (for MANY types of common cancers, not just skin) in people with higher Vitamin D intakes. Although the American Cancer Society says “evidence isn’t conclusive”, they admit the majority of studies they’ve analyzed agree that Vitamin D prevents cancer. How I Plan to Fight Cancer

Yoga Breathing Exercises - Pranayama Yoga breathing exercises, which are called pranayama in Sanskrit, may be done in association with yoga poses or just while sitting quietly. Here are some of the most common types of yoga breathing exercises and their benefits. Introduction to Pranayama Breathing ExercisesExplanation of pranayama and instruction for calming and invigorating breathing exercises. Alternate Nostril Breathing – Nadi SodhanaCalm yourself with Nadi Sodhana. Equal Breathing - Sama Vritti PranayamaIn sama vritti, you focus on inhaling and exhaling for the same amount of time. Cooling Breath - Shitali PranayamaHow to Practice Cooling Breath - Shitali Pranayama. Ocean Breath – Ujjayi PranayamaOcean Breath – Ujjayi Pranayama is an important part of a vinyasa yoga practice. Skull Shining Breath – Kapalabhati PranayamaWarm up with Kapalabhati Pranayama. Three-Part Breath – Dirga PranayamaLearn to calm yourself with Three-Part Breath. Lion's BreathRoar!

How to Heal Emotional and Spiritual Blockages HJ: The only thing keeping you from having what you want — particularly the life, happiness and fulfillment you want — are emotional and spiritual blockages. Emotional states create outcomes. Your emotional state determines what you are capable of doing and becoming. High level coaches and high achievers know that at the end of the day, it’s all about state management. One of the most important things for us to learn how to do is emotional processing. Emotional processing is not something that we have to do consciously because it occurs naturally when we focus on growth. Emotional Processing Dissolves The Ego The ego itself is the result of unprocessed energies and emotions. The ego (what is ego?) To heal this suffering, we need only to find balance which is achieved through meditation by establishing and cultivating inner peace, and internal silence. These barriers are emotional, mental, perceptual, and spiritual blockages which will be released by emotional processing.

How to Control Your Thoughts and Mind During Meditation? Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, answers a question on how to control your thoughts during meditation. He banishes several myths about controlling your thoughts and explores how we can take the mind from being a compulsive process to an entirely conscious process. Question: Namaskaram. Sadhguru: You are focusing hard and trying to banish the thoughts, and they are not going away. Your thoughts are just the smells – either fragrance or stink – of the stuff that you carry within you. Now you may say, “Sadhguru, that’s exactly what I am saying – how to control thoughts?” The difference between education and enlightenment is just this – you can educate yourself with 1, 10, or 1000 books, but still you will run out of material at some point. An Inefficient Mind What is happening in your liver and kidneys is a lot more complex than the thoughts that you generate. You are always conscious of that which does not function efficiently. The Human Possibility Only a fool will talk about what Truth is.

State officials lift raw milk recall Fresno -- California officials have ended a recall of nearly all raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures in Fresno County, saying the dairy has met all of the required sanitation requirements and food safety regulations. The one exception is raw colostrum from the dairy, which is still being quarantined "because it is the subject of continuing investigation," the California Department of Food and Agriculture said in a written statement. The dairy's raw products were recalled after five California children, including two Contra Costs County siblings, fell ill last month from a bacteria believed to have been found in the milk. All of the children were sickened by the same strain of E. coli, state health officials said, and three were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure. While investigators did not find that strain in the milk itself, all five children had recently consumed raw milk from the same dairy, Organic Pastures.

12 Yoga Moves to Overcome Anxiety The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close, and as things start amping back up at work and school, it’s easy to get a little bit overwhelmed and very stressed out. No matter what your source of anxiety, these yoga moves will help you relax, refocus, and release some of that pent up tension. 1. Controlled Breathing This is a great way to start your practice. On your next inhale, breathe in deeply to a slow count of four, but don’t exhale just yet. 2. Come onto your hands and knees, and on your next inhale, straighten your legs, so your body forms an inverted V. Relax into this posture, letting gravity release built up tension in your neck and the backs of your legs. 3. Move back to all fours, then walk your hands out in front of you and lower your chest toward the floor with your bottom still in the air. Up next: More yoga postures to release tension!

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