The 4/4 Energizing Breath!
What will it do for you? Do this at a break in the action of the “game”. It will relax and energize you, and will help to combat that encroaching fatigue and excess emotionality. This is a great quick pickup when you have only a few minutes to spare or set aside for yourself. If you do it 2 or 3 times a day at strategic times (before meals, meetings, driving home, etc.) and when you begin to feel tired, you will notice a big difference in the way you feel.
How to do it:
Sit straight. Place the palms together at the heart center with the fingers pointing up. Focus at the brow point with eyelids lightly closed. Inhale, breaking the breath into 4 equal parts of sniffs, filling the lungs completely on the 4th.
As you exhale, release the breath equally in 4 parts, emptying the lungs on the 4th. On each part of both the inhale and exhale, pull the navel point toward the spine. (The stronger you pump the navel the more energy you will generate.) One full breath cycle (in and out) takes about 7-8 seconds. Continue for 2-3 minutes. If you press the hands very hard, and do it vigorously, 1 minute will recharge you. If the mind has a lot of anxiety or confusion, take the effort to add the mantra “Sa -Ta – Na – Ma” mentally on both the inhale and the exhale to help you focus more on your breath and less about the world around you.
Sa=infinity Ta=Life Na=Death Ma=Rebirth
To end, inhale deeply, press the palms together with force for 10-15 seconds. Create tension in the whole body by pressing as hard as you can. Hold yourself taut as long as possible. Exhale powerfully and repeat the inhale, hold, press. Exhale, relax and allow the tension in the body to vanish. If you need rest, immediately lie on your back with your eyes closed and relax for 2-5 minutes. Take a few deep belly breaths, stretch, and you will be ready for action and ready to take on the world.