Meditation can take many forms, including the art of deep breathing. It's a great way to relieve stress.You can also try this with a book on your stomach. Make the book go up and down and you know you're breathing correctly.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these steps to deep breathing, which helps your body get plenty of oxygen:
* Lie on your back on a flat surface.
* Rest one hand on your stomach above your belly button, and the other hand on your chest.
* Breathe in slowly and deeply, making your stomach rise a bit. Hold for a second.
* Slowly exhale, so that your stomach goes back down.
* Repeat several times.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here's a relaxation and centering exercise that is very refreshing: