Keep cool, stay calm – through your breath
Life is already stressful and brings every day new stressful situations opon us, but life with tinnitus is even more stressful. Our bodies feel stressed basically all the time, because the brain doesn´t get a real rest, it is in alert all the time due to the sound. (If you haven´t habituated yet).
I don´t feel depressed anymore, at least most of the time but I still haven´t habituated. So I´m looking for stress reliefing techniques all the time and I have found many things I can do to feel calmer and to not feel like I´m exploding all over the place or going crazy.
I started to do yoga and to meditate regularily and it really seems to work. Through yoga I also learned that breathing is a big part in calming myself and in getting centered.
On upliftconnect.com they even say:
We inhale and exhale approximately 20,000 times per day. With up to ten muscles that can be utilised for inhalation and eight for forced exhalation, the breath has powerful effects on the physical, emotional and mental planes.
It is a real science, even books have been written about it and throughout the yoga and meditation community it has been an important tool since it´s creation probably.
The yoga journal states:
For one thing, breath control, or pranayama, is the fourth of Patanjali’seight limbs of yoga. For another, scientific research is showing that mindful breathing—paying attention to your breath and learning how to manipulate it—is one of the most effective ways to lower everyday stress levels and improve a variety of health factors ranging from mood to metabolism.
So now we know what power our breath can have, so let´s start using it!
I have for sure told you before that I love Yoga with Adriene and I´m just doing her Yoga Foundation series to make sure I do the poses right, in that series she teaches and talks about a lot of fundamental things in the yoga practice. One of them is your breath!
She showed the Nadi Shodhana, also called Alternate Nostril Breathing!
You could say what it is, is breathing in and out through one nostril at the time.
So you start by straightening your thumb and ring finger, in the picutrure I used my index finger because it is easier for me. But the right thing to do would be with the ring finger, at least that is how Adriene teaches it. Then you use your thumb to close your right nostirl and breath in with your left nostril. Keep the breath inside and close your left nostirl with your ring finger and letting your thumb go of your right nostril. Now exhale through your right nostril….get it all out….and then breath in at the same side. And now change sides again. Close your right side with your thumb again and release your ring finger. Breath out through your right nostril.
And repeat at least for a few rounds until you can feel that you are calming down.
So what is it really good for?
In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:
Improves our ability to focus the mind
Supports our lungs and respiratory functions
Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels
Rejuvenates the nervous system
This is what the chopra center writes about it.
Let´s get started!
It may sound a little weird and and first I always skipped the breathing techniques, thinking I´m not one of those extremly alternative people. Well, I guess for one slowly but sure I take on more and more habitis and believes I always thought were just for extremly alternative people, realising a lot of it is just wellness and well-being.
Not sure why I then didn´t stop the video and tried the breathing, I guss I had a sad day and just didn´t want to leave my space yet..didn´t want to get back into the real world. So I stayed for that practice and I´m so glad I did!
This breathing practice really works for me and really calms me down and it honestly makes me feel centered and I don´t feel centered a lot.
So, give it a try!
Continue reading here:
Yoga with Adriene: http://yogawithadriene.com/alternate-nostril-breathing/