Friday, 1 July 2011

Stress management in ayurveda - Breath out your stresses

Breath out your stresses

Have you ever noticed how you breath when you are angry or depressed ?  Depending on the intensity of your mood, your breath at that time is shallow, rapid, or labored - never deep, calm, and relaxed. Again, this is a sign of imbalanced prana vata. It follows, therefore, that practicing that art of breathing properly will balance your vata and thus ease stress.

Ayurveda recommends some easy and effective breathing exercises - the most important among them being pranayama (regulation of life force). This is how you do it :

  • Sit straight and comfortably
  • Now gently press your right nostril with your right thumb, shutting the nostril.
  • At the same time, breath out slowly through your left nostril until you have exhale a full breath.
  • Now breath in through your left nostril and once you have inhale completely, relax your right nostril and press the left one with the middle and right finger of the right hand.
  • Breathe out gently through the right nostril, then breathe slowly in again.
  • Repeat this rhythm for five minutes, and you will feel your body and mind become relaxed and healed.

Do this exercise whenever you can find five minutes and you will find a extremely soothing to your nerves.

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