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Today’s cell phones and Blackberries make us more efficient than we have ever been before but the very portability of these digital wonders also tethers us to work and other obligations. In the past, when we came home after work, we considered ourselves “off the clock.” That is no longer the case for many people. It’s no wonder so many of us experience high levels of stress!
Medical practitioners tell us that stress is at the root of 85% of all diseases. So, if we reduce stress, it stands to reason that we will also reduce illness. Therefore, choosing an exercise program that results in strengthening, toning and, most importantly, relaxation and stress reduction is crucial to our well-being.
“Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.”
Tao Te Ching, #9
In this exercise you’re expanding your chest and lungs. Imagine that the energy that has been brought up through the center of your body as you take a deep breath is now extended all the way to the top of your head. Energy will be circulating through your shoulders, neck, head and arms.
Before you begin, think about the first yawn of the morning. It is deep and satisfying; your chest opens wide as clean, clear air enters your lungs.
Exercise #2 – Flower Bud Opens
Posture: Begin with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Sit back against your chair so that your back is flat except for the natural curve of your spine. At the point where your arms move upward and over your head, arch your back away from the chair and hold that arched position until you begin to bring your arms out to the side and back to the front of your chest. Return to your original position as you repeat the exercise.
Benefits: Your chest will open to the fullest extent possible allowing for a deeper inhalation while lifting your rib cage.
Raise your hands over your head – with palms facing – through the middle of your chest. There is tension in your arms as you move them upward.
Press your arms down to the sides, palms facing the floor as you arch your back.
Bring your arms behind you, completely relaxed again and loose, and then return them to the front of your chest.
Repeat the exercise nine times.
Press one thumb firmly at the base of your other thumb.
Hold your thumb at this accupressure point while you take six deep cleansing breaths
Repeat as often as necessary to relieve your lung problems, coughing or asthma..
-Information in this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or medical practitioner. Please see your health care provider before beginning any new fitness program-