Tea, Food and Community

Tea, Food and Community

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Breathe Through the Holidays

Breathe...Just Breathe
How simple, and yet we forget to do it.
Make it a practice to close your eyes and just breathe deeply. 
This is forwarded from Megafood, our whole food supplement supplier, and Dr. Andrew Weil, MD.
4-7-8 Breath
"The most effective anti-anxiety measure I know..." Andrew Weil, M.D.

Sit  with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.
  1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
  5. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
*Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; but the ratio of 4:7:8 is. If you have trouble holding your breath, you can speed the exercise up, but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply. Practice at least twice a day. It is not recommended to do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths.
Wishing you calm and peace throughout December... 

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