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The Power of Breath in Meditation and Fitness

BreatheInBreatheOutPayAttentionI was nine years old when my father, Deepak Chopra, taught me to meditate. Meditation has become an invaluable tool in my life to help  me stay calm, centered, and focused since then.

A vital part of meditation is breath. It is also an important aspect of yoga in wisdom traditions.  We know through sciences that breath is a critical component of the cardiovascular system, supports our digestive and lymphatic systems and is a reflection of our nervous system.

I use breath constantly as a tool to calm down when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed. And my daughters have also been taught to meditate to help them deal with stress at school. Your breathing is an expression of the activity of the mind. When we are settled, our breath slows down. When we are excited or anxious our breath gets faster.

There are a few simple breathing techniques you can try to help you stay calm and focused in a nerve-wracking moment. I go through a few of them in these guided meditations from The Chopra Well.

With conscious, intentional breath, we can slow down our automatic responses to situations and be more present in what we may be doing. I use these meditations to help me get through the day, but there are many times when your breathing can help you be more effective in your activities – specifically when working out.

Ann Bruck, a trainer with Sports Club/LA explains that there are two different types of breathing when you are doing physical activity. There’s stimulating breath which aims to increase energy and alertness. You breathe in and out rapidly through your nose with your mouth closed for 15 seconds at a time. The other type is relaxed breath, where you inhale for a count of 1 and exhale for a count of 1. Then inhale for a count of 2 and exhale the same, until you reach a cycle of five. This will help calm your nervous system and bring your body back to balance.

What kind of breathing techniques do you use when you are working out? Do you have any meditations or  exercises you use during the day to help you stay focused? I’d love if you shared in the comments below!

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Burning Abs

 Hi everyone out there,

What an extraordinary day.  January 20th will be quite memorable for most of us.  I woke up this morning and went to the gym.  For me I wanted the inauguration day to stay in mind the way I saw it and felt it.  I didn’t want to listen to all the comments and criticisms and dissection of the big event.  I felt content and happy that there was a new sensation in the air.  So I kept the tv’s off and got on my exercise ball and did an amazing set of burning ab curls.  If you have a ball and a 10 pound dumbbell you can try it as well.

Sit on the top of the ball and hold the weight in both hands.  Walk your feet forward until your back is flat on the ball with the top of your shoulder blades and head slightly upright not touching the ball.  Take the weight and place it on your chest above nipple line and hold the dumbbell on both ends.  Now begin.  LIft your back up off the ball and blow out your air.  Don’t move the weight.  Squeeze your abs and tilt the pelvis up.  Do 3 sets of 15-20 reps.    Rest in between sets.

WIth a strong core you will stand more upright and tall which is exactly what we all should do after a day like yesterday.

Stay Fit,

Kathy

Easiest Exercise – Conscious Breathing

Breathing Consciously is the easiest form of exercise.

Alive people breathe 24 hours a day.

You would wonder what is conscious breathing?

Conscious breathing means being aware that we are breathing.

In conscious breathing, we are aware – when we inhale, when we stop, when we exhale, when we stop and again when we inhale, on and on…..

Try conscious breathing for a week.

It may be difficult initially, you will start enjoying it.

Breathe…Inhale….Exhale…Bliss
Rajesh

 
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