17 Mar A Strengthening Breathing Exercise
"Difficulties in life cannot be avoided but a wise man faces them with a smile" - Guru Nanak
A Strengthening Breathing Exercise
The following breathing exercise can help strengthen the upper respiratory system.
It is a part of the OJAS practice which I will be teaching in my courses.
- Sit up straight or lie on your back.
- Take 8-10 deep breaths. Inhale through the nose but exhale through the mouth actively and thoroughly with a loud hissing sound.
- Relax the breath. Take your attention to the whole of the ribcage, chest, and lungs.
- With the next inhalation, expand your chest sideways. Try to make the chest and ribcage wider. Hold the breath, but keep expanding the chest and ribcage.
- Imagine that you are expanding your lungs sideways also.
- Exhale through the nose slowly. As you are exhaling, try to squeeze the chest and ribcage from the sides as if you are trying to make them narrow and smaller.
- Take 8-10 such breaths, with a short rest in between if needed. This will complete one round.
- Do three rounds of steps 2-6.
- After completing three rounds, take a deep breath. Hold the breath for 10-15 seconds. Exhale slowly with full control and try to make the expiration as long as possible. Take 5-6 such breaths, making the expiration steadier and longer with each breath.
You can do this OJAS breathing exercise twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. If you are unable to do the complete routine, do as much as you can and slowly build up.
Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Laugh every day for 2-3 minutes. Laugh loud from your belly. It is hard to laugh when you are worried or fearful, but that’s what you need to do to come out of it.
You can combine laughing with the above Ojas breathing. Laugh first, and then do the breathing exercise.
This challenging time will be over soon. Exercise daily. Eat and rest well. Support others in any way you can.
"The pain that you have been feeling, can't compare to the joy that is coming" -Romans 8:18