When it comes to doing the things we want to do and love…exercise and activities like running, golf, tennis, pickleball…even walking…all of our attention is focused on our “OUTPUT” and creating TENSION (think: how much we can lift, how hard we can do something, or how fast we can run or walk, etc). But what about our ability to just “LET GO”? For MOST folks, it’s one of the MOST CHALLENGING attributes to develop. But what is it really? It’s like this…how we BREATHE and exercise is really how we move through our life…so why not breathe and move with GREATER EASE, LESS TENSION, MORE COORDINATION, and STRENGTH? And while we’re at it…how about DECREASING STRESS LEVELS a bit? We absolutely can…by improving our awareness and connection with our breathing and unique tensions, habits, and tendencies. We can develop new ways of moving and feeling better all at the same time to live the life we want.
EVERYTHING…EVERYTHING…starts with our breath. And our ability to create MOTION and better movement options for ourselves begins on the INSIDE.
This is NOT “WOO-WOO”…it’s REAL SCIENCE. It’s SMART.
Think about it like this…when we feel sore and stiff all over…it feels like we can’t move well or at all for that matter. And our breathing is negatively impacted as well.
Because if our rib cage is squeezed everywhere and it lifts up and down using less than desirable muscles (our neck for example), then NO AMOUNT of conventional stretching or yoga is gonna help us. It just won’t, because there’s NO SPACE on the inside or outside for us to move!
BIG TAKEAWAY: we have to work from the INSIDE OUT!
Here’s what you’re gonna need:
-Something for your head/neck
Let’s START HERE:
Lie down COMFORTABLY on your RIGHT SIDE as demonstrated, for 5 minutes and practice breathing SLOWLY through your NOSE only. I want you to follow your breath and EXTEND the EXHALE of each breath slightly longer than the inhale.
You need to be your “BEST LAZY SELF” here. This should be EFFORTLESS. Feel like you’re doing nothing. Counterintuitive I know…but it works:)
This is a proven way to engage the relaxation response in your body.
Notice how you feel moving around afterwards for the rest of your life. Is it any different than how you normally feel?
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