Relaxation and the Natural State
Yoga will help you to approach life in a less stressed manner and in doing so you will get more out of life. You will be able to achieve more each day and still feel more energized at the end of the day.
One of the most important factors that you will learn from yoga is correct breathing techniques. It is with correct breathing that you will teach your mind and your body to gravitate towards the more natural state of relaxation. You will be able to bring about a peaceful and relaxed state more easily and that in turn will help you to cope with stressful situations. The deep breathing techniques that are taught in yoga can bring about calm in your life while at the same time energizing you.
Many people feel that they need some form of stimulation to get energized but yoga will show you that this can be far from the truth. Yoga gives you a long term energy that is not influenced by hyper activity or nervousness.
You can practice basic yoga breathing techniques anywhere you like. Even while sitting at your office desk it is as easy as following a few simple techniques… Sit up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands on top of your thighs and begin to relax, slowly closing your eyes.
Now begin to think about the various parts of your body. Starting from your feet, relax each body part one at a time. As you feel them become soft and relaxed tension begins to release. Feel your lungs filling with air, expanding and contracting in a relaxed manner. Don't 'push' your breathing. Just maintain a relaxed breath in and out. With each exhale, the tension that is being held in your body is released. Set it free and breathe in the next breath of relaxed energy.
This will come more naturally the more often you do it and you will find that you can get into a relaxed state faster each time. The energy that you get will carry over into each day of your life until you are constantly in a more relaxed state in your everyday life. Try it now and see how easy it is to change your mindset. When thoughts come into your mind while doing this, let them float on by and don't hold onto them.
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