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Body & Mind Healing The objective of this breathing exercise is to bring mind and body together by using a simple breathing technique. This exercise is perfect for shaking off a sleepless night and preparing the mind and body for the day ahead.
By following simple rules we can enhance our everyday lives and by understanding the basics of breathing all of us can influence the environment around us. The secrets of Bnwyfre'™ are from our ancestors. Bnwyfre™ is our heritage, it’s our inheritance.
Slow breathing brings us to a state of calm, rapid quick breathing takes us to a state of excitement. Breathing in slowly and breathing out slowly and keeping the breaths equal will bring us to a state of balance, almost all meditative practice begins with breathing techniques.
When we breathe in we are inhaling through the nose and we inhale to the lower diaphragm, with the correct posture and technique the inhalation is not just oxygen it is food for the "soul."
When we breathe out we are exhaling through the mouth and we exhale from the diaphragm, stomach & lungs we are not just exhaling, we are releasing the intent of our being into our aura and our aura is releasing the stuff it does not need into the atmosphere for recycling. It is important that it is understood that breathing does much more than just supply oxygen to the blood and release the carbon dioxide from our bodies.
To look at emotion and times of high emotion, we exhale quicker then we inhale and we are out of balance, our body is not just giving out more air, we will be sweating, trembling, our temperature will rise, our mouth will become dry and the body will crave for more oxygen, it craves for calmer life force energies around it.
If we now look at sadness it becomes apparent that we breathe slower and inhale quicker than we exhale as the body struggles to cope with the emotion, something as simple as frustration and our body will take a long breath through pursed lips before exhaling with a quick sigh. If we are happy our core temperature will rise, if we are sad then our tendency is to inhibit ourselves and our temperature lowers. If we can understand our breathing then we change the situation and we change it because our whole demeanor changes the active responses around us.
There is nothing worse than waking up feeling tired, this next exercise will help shake off a poor nights sleep, it is a simple breathing exercise that will help bring the body and mind together. At the very least it will wake you up, it will shake off the drudgery and it will give the body the oxygen it craves. This exercise will give you the lift for the day and will help maintain and balance energy levels during the day ahead.
The following exercise will encourage human alchemy and assist the life force energies around to balance. It is a short term solution to what might otherwise be a tiresome day. Be careful when doing exercise, there is a time and a place. When beginning or practicing, most forms of exercise will cause dizziness so always consider an appropriate time and an appropriate place.
Breathe in slowly and mentally count from 1 to 6 as you do so, by the time you have reached 6 you should be at your maximum capacity and unable to draw any more breath into your body, once you reach 6 breathe out quickly all in one breath. Repeat this exercise two or three times, each time you practice try keeping the in breath even and time it so that you have breathed in to your maximum capacity by the count of six. This requires concentration so practice breathing in evenly, concentrate on the whole exercise.
Once you are comfortable with this exercise, repeat the exercise and when you reach the count of 2 close your eyes and on the count of 6 as you exhale, open your eyes. Again practice this until you are comfortable and control both the in breath and the out breath, also be careful should you become dizzy and understand why.
Finally for this exercise we are going to engage the mind with the body, later we will engage mind, body and spirit but for now we will work with only the mind and body.
Sit comfortably (sit upright, back straight) with feet flat on floor and palms with right hand over left against upper stomach. (Just above belly button)
Breathe in to the count of 6 but on the count of 2 close your eyes, breathing in through the nose and feeling the cool air rise through the nostrils, into the throat, down into the chest, feel it push against your hands feeling the stomach push the left hand and that in turn will push the right hand out as the stomach and diaphragm expands.
On the count of 6 hold your breath and count to 3 before breathing out quickly as you open your eyes.
Repeat this and focus on the in breath and what it is doing to your body, realize how your thoughts are engaging with your body and both mind and body are as one, with each responding to the other.
As you breathe in feel your chest and abdomen expand, feel your shoulders lift, your head will lift and your eye level will come up, you will feel alive and connected.
As you exhale feel the breath leave your body, feel the lungs empty, your shoulders droop, your head will come forward.
Repeat this exercise for as long as you need to, if you do it ten times today it will be 5 times tomorrow, 3 times the day after. It really is a case of practice makes perfect.
Finish this exercise with an in breath, inflate every fibre of your body and stand ready to begin your day, bring your hands together in front of you in the prayer position, open your eyes and stretch with palms outward. This simple exercise will shake off a disturbed sleep and will help you to start your day invigorated and physically prepared for the day ahead.
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