Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Take A Breather with Yoga Flava Video Snack

Take a breather this Fall to prepare for the holiday season and a New Year for a new you! Without the breath, we cease to exist. Most of us take breathing for granted. When you connect to your breath, you connect to your life force.

Fall is the season when certain disorders are more prevalent than at any other time of the year. Asthma, allergies and skin disorders can affect almost any one susceptible to them. Prevention is key. The lung and large intestine are the internal organs related to Fall. These organs are associated with the emotion of "taking in" and “letting go.” Taking in through the nose and mouth such as the breath of life is important as we transition from the hot season of Summer to the cool season of Fall. The nose is the opening to the lungs, therefore colds and flu are easier to catch. Keep your nose and sinuses clean and clear. Focus on breathing with the diaphragm of the respiratory system.

The diaphragm (pronounced: dye-uh-fram), which separates the chest from the abdomen, plays a lead role in breathing. The diaphragm is the primary breathing muscle. It is believed that many people have little sensory awareness of their diaphragm and have almost no idea of how to engage it more fully, or even of how it works. Due to the increasing stress of modern life and the resulting over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, (as well as of the idealised hard, flat belly) many people carry excessive tension in the belly, chest, and back. This tension makes it difficult for the diaphragm to move freely through its full range of motion.

Take a few minutes to view and then participate in a taste of this Yoga Flava video snack entitled "Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing:"

The Yoga Flava video snack is an excerpt from the full length DVD "Robin Downes' Yoga Flava for Relaxation." Give yourself and / or a friend the gift of relaxation.

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