Rest/Relax Breathing Technique
What is this method used for?
This is one of the techniques used in The Awakening Ceremony.
RELAXATION: Use this method whenever you are feeling anxious or stressed, or simply want a wave of good feelings wash over your mind and body.
GETTING INTO FLOW: It will also help you get more into a calm ‘flow’ state that will help you prepare for an important meeting or event where you need to be relaxed and not stressed.
DIGESTION: You can also use it to help digest your food better as it switches on your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest), and switches off your sympathetic (fight or flight), so you can do this before and after eating a meal.
SLEEP: You can also use it before you want to sleep to get to sleep more easier.
Scientific Explanation Of This Technique
Fast Track Training
How to do the method:
- Sit in a comfortable place.
- Take a quick inhalation through your nose or mouth.
- Purse your lips and gently breathe the air out of your mouth very slowly as though you are breathing out through a straw. Do not tense your muscles while doing this – be as relaxed as possible.
- Imagine as the air is flowing out that a wave of relaxation is flowing down your body from top to bottom.
- Repeat the process several times for around 5 – 10 minutes a day. The longer the duration the deeper the effect at lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
- You can also hold your out-breath for a few seconds before repeating the next round, gradually increasing the breathold time each time you repeat for an even deeper effect