Present Moment Practices
Conscious & Focused Breathing
Breathwork for Healing and for Relaxation
Most of us know that relaxation can reduce stress. Some try watching TV, reading, eating, etc. And these are fine, however, the mind is not always in a state of calm which also means that the body is not able to fully relax. Present-moment practices such as Meditation and yoga are some of the best for actually relaxing the body and calming the mind. Why is that? What do these modalities having common? They both involve Conscious and Focused Breathing.
Conscious, practiced breathing techniques are the best way to truly relax. Why? Certain breathing techniques can reduce stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) controls homeostasis and the body at rest and is responsible for the body's "rest and digest" function. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) controls the body's responses to a perceived threat and is responsible for the "fight, flight, or freeze" response.
Meditation, Calming the "Monkey Mind"
Meditation or Visualization, brings the mind into the present moment through breathwork and focusing mind. In this day and age, particularly here in the western part of the world, muti-tasking is part of our everyday. Now it is a good thing to be able to multi-task in our job, our work, our parenting to give a few examples,
The problem with the culture of multi-tasking is that our minds do not always know when or how to stop. When we do not give our nervous systems time to recharge, to rewire from that sate of "monkey-mind" then our nervous system in always in some state of fight, flight or freeze, which means our bodies are living in an constant sate of stress, This eventually leads to emotional as well as physical distress. A state some of us refer to as "dis-ease".
Take a private or group Meditation class, or Tantra Course.