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This Week's Tip
to increase your energy in 9 easy steps
Step 1: "Breathe"
Step 2: "Rest and Relaxation"
Step 3: "Reset Your Aura Daily"
Step 4: "The Power of Water"
Step 5: "Reduce Your Stress"
Step 6: "Exercise"
Step 7: "Food"
Step 8: "Structural Care"
Step 9: "Goals and Dreams"
Step 1: Breathe
According to the ancient
masters, the length of your life is measured in breaths. The slower your
breath, the fewer breaths you "use up", the longer you live.
Think about what happens when you get stressed or excited. You start to
breath faster to pump more oxygen into your body so you're "ready to go."
By slowing your breath down
you change your nervous system from sympathetic dominance (fight or flight)
to parasympathetic dominance (relaxation and repair).
Normally we breathe 16-20 times
per minute. Try consciously slowing your breath down to 6 times a minute
or less. It's actually very simple. Sit comfortably cross legged
on the floor or in a chair with your feet placed equally on the floor.
Sit up to make your spine as straight as possible.
Through your nostrils take
a long, slow, deep breath in. Take about 5 seconds to inhale. Then exhale
slowly through the nostrils, again taking about 5 seconds. This will change
your rate of breathing to 6 times a minute.
Use a timer and practice this
breath for 3 minutes. When you've finished, inhale deeply and hold
the breath for at least 15 seconds while you stretch your arms up to the
ceiling. Gently exhale to finish.
Once you've practiced slower
breathing in a controlled setting (when you're relaxed and comfortable)
it will be easier to remember to slow your breathing down when life gets
upsetting. Slower breath--more relaxed--easier to handle life. And
more relaxed means more energy.
Try this technique daily for
a couple of weeks and see the results!
Breathing Away Your Stress
There are many breathing techniques to enhance your energy. Sometimes,
when you're confronted with deadlines or a huge stressor, you don't have time to
sit down and breathe and relax for an extended period of time.
Here's an ancient technique
(as taught by Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan) that will quickly change
your ability to deal with stress and give you a huge boost of energy.
Start by getting a tissue and
blowing you nose. Throughout this technique be sure to keep your
mouth slightly open to prevent pressure from building up in your ears.
Sit down--you might get light headed when you do this.
Through your nose, inhale as
deeply as possible. Then forcefully exhale all your breath
through your nose (keep the mouth open). It should be a hard and
fast exhale like an explosion from a cannon. Do this inhale/exhale
Stress? What stress?!
Herbs to You
Make Sure You Can Breathe
Pollution, pollen, out gassing
of toxic substances in the home and workplace. Your lungs and sinuses
almost don't stand a chance.
I have found two caffeine free
teas that work to open the lungs and sinuses, decrease the amount of mucous
in the body, and relax the tightness and coughing that comes with allergic
reactions and colds.
Traditional Medicinals makes
a tea called "Breathe Easy." Yogi Tea makes a similar tea called
"Breathe Deep Tea." The teas are known as herbal decongestants and
I've found they usually work in minutes.
Both teas contain ma huang,
also known as Ephedra. You've probably seen Ephedra in many weight
loss formulas. When used by itself, Ephedra has very stimulating
properties including making the heart race. The weight loss products
work by speeding up your metabolism.
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines
have known for centuries that the stimulating effect of Ephedra can be
minimized by combining it with helper herbs, making it safer to use.
In these teas you should the
beneficial effects of Ephedra including opening up the bronchioles and
sinuses are enhanced by the helper herbs and the "speedy" effects should
be minimized. (However, it is not recommended that you take Ephedra
containing products in conjunction with other substances that have a known
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