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MEY newsletter, Issue #002 -- teaser here
August 06, 2013

Hi, Namaste,

Are you still enjoying your summer! I came inside to hide from the sun...we have 3 days of more than 40°C here in Italy, a real heat wave. From thursday temperatures will lower towards 30°..that is much better!

Anyway I wanted to write you about the importance of doing daily yoga breathing exercises or pranayamas.

What is it al about? We breathe daily about 23.000 times... breathing is linked to life like nothing else is. We can resist without food or drinking for much more time than we can without breath. Air is our basic energy and our basic nourishment, it gives energy that feeds our cells immediatly without any time of conversion.

When we learn to breathe in deeply and to breathe out completely we can master the energy that comes into our body and by absorbing it we will be ready to confront with calmness and determination all difficult situations that appear in our life.

Our respiration changes depending on the emotions we are living; stress or fear block the breath, anger and passion accelerate it, concentration and meditation make it slow down.

So respiration is an automatic reaction; but we can control it by will. The control of our breath is an important part of yoga practice..it can heal ailments, it stimulates the immune defense system and enables us to know ourselves better.

Here is the exercise I want to propose, to practice daily, at least 5 times in a row and at 2 moments in the day.

Stress breathing exercise or triangular breathing.

1. You can stand, sit or lie down.

2. Bring your breathing in your belly for diaphragmatic breathing.

3. Expell all air through your mouth.

3. Breathe in through your nose counting till 5.

4. Retain your breath for a count of 5.

5. Breathe out counting till 5.

Increase to 10 or 15 per stage.

Benefits: Immediate stress relief; It dissolves mental and physical tensions. Internal massage of the abdominal organs, improves digestion and relaxes blocked energy in this area.

I wish you great breathing including refound inner peace and calmness.

ciao Claudine " Kripa"

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