I hope you all are doing well. In these interesting times the stress added by being a chronic illness warrior can take its toll on us mentally and physically. The healing practice of yoga can help us steady the mind and release deep rooted tension in the body. This month, let’s start with a yoga basic – Breath! While you may think, “of course I know how to breathe…..”, consider certain practitioners who train their lungs to accomplish superhuman feats: lowering the heart rate to survive weeks without food or water, or raising the body temperature to survive below freezing temperatures. On a more practical note – Use the ancient breathing technique below to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and release anxiety and stress. Namaste!
Calming Breath for Anxiety – (Violoma Pranayama) Take one full inhale to the top of the lungs, then exhale all the air out of the lungs slowly. Next inhale one third of the way, then hold for 2 seconds, inhale the second third, hold for 2 seconds. Inhale to the top of the lungs, hold for 2 seconds, then release all the air from the lungs through the mouth slowly. Repeat as often as needed.
*Mariah Almerez “The Tiniest Warrior” is a Yoga Instructor and artist living in Melbourne, FL She has been practicing yoga over 10 years and is an RYT500 instructor. Inspired to teach by her love of movement and mind/body wellness, Mariah has proven success in helping clients of all body types and ages achieve their health and wellness goals. With a background in teaching clients with limited mobility, children,and those with physical and mental disabilities she is equipped with the knowledge to help you build strength, balance, and a mindful practice you can continue to enjoy for your entire life. She is a Chronic Illness survivor, and uses her practice to help manage and relieve symptoms of chronic pain.