As we begin the week together we will focus today on a breathing exercise. Dr. Andrew Weil (who practices in the US.) recommends the use of breathing patterns. In this practise we are using controlled breathing, so we will breathe into for the count of 4 and out for the count of 6. And when we breathe in this way it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system therefore calming anxiety, slowing things down and it connects the mind and body together.
What is the parasympathetic control?
The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body’s rest and digestion response when the body is relaxed, resting, or feeding. The parasympathetic nervous system decreases respiration and heart rate and increases digestion.
So I am hoping that during the week you might practice this breathing technique, maybe 3 times in the day just for a short while and see how you get on with that.