If you have found yourself feeling a bit more challenged by stress and anxiety in this New Year, you may benefit from deep breathing, resting the eyes, and releasing the body. Yoga, meditation, and prayer all offer great benefits to both the mind and body. If you would like to begin a regular meditation practice, but you are not sure where to begin, we have a few great opportunities to help get you going. This Thursday, January 27th at 7:00pm, I will be holding an Evening Relaxation and Meditation Webinar. This is a great opportunity to practice a few breathing exercises and meditations, from the comfort of your home. We also have many yoga classes at each of our three CNY Healing Arts locations. Each yoga class utilizes specific breathing exercises and patterns, designed to quiet both the mind and body.
In the meantime, here is a quick exercise for you to try for an assured breather from the busy world around you! Take a few long, slow, deep breaths. Find yourself in a comfortable position, and close your eyes. For this breathing exercise, I would like you to inhale and exhale through your nose. As you inhale, slowly count to 4. Then, exhale slowly to the count of 4. Repeating this cycle, focus on keeping your pace, and allow all other thoughts to melt into the background. If you are able to, begin practicing for just 1 minute today, then 3 minutes tomorrow, and 5 on Wednesday. Continue increasing the time, until you find one length that seems to work best for you.
If you would like to join me for the webinar or attend any yoga classes, please visit the following links for more information:
Best of luck!