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Taking Time to Breathe

February 9, 2011

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know how much I value yoga. You may also know how stressed I tend to get when I’m learning something new, especially when that something new involves technology. Well for the past month or so I have been heavily immersed in developing a new website for a new program that I’m excited about and will be telling you about very soon. The learning curve has been quite steep for me during this process, but I’ve been doing my best to take it one step at a time, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been making progress.

When I feel stressed, I turn to yoga. In this morning’s class we did a breathing exercise that those unfamiliar to yoga would probably find very strange. The exercise, alternate nostril breathing, is one that I personally find very effective for calming a racing mind. It’s hard to concentrate on my to-do list when I need to concentrate on which finger to press/release as part of a breath. Plus the act of deep breathing has proven calming biological effects. I thought I’d share this exercise with you because we can all use a reminder to breathe sometimes. This particular exercise can be easily learned, can be done almost anywhere, and can be effective even if you only have a few minutes. I found the video below on You Tube. While there were several videos available that demonstrated breathing techniques, I chose this one because a) it’s under 2 minutes and b) the teacher in the video reminded me just a little of the teacher I had this morning. 🙂 I hope you find it helpful. If you click on the link below, it will bring you to You Tube where you can watch the video.

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