Build a Consistent Home Practice
April 1 - 29, 2016
Day 15 - Pranayama
Find your center point! Welcome to Day 15!
Today we will add to the work we've done on the previous pranayama practice days. We start with making the inhalation and exhalation even in length. Then slowly we begin to practice with breath retention at the very top of the inhalation.
Listen to your body and breath. If you need to stop and return to your natural breathing, please do so. Ultimately, we are looking to feel steady and relaxed after this breathing session.
Plan for about 7 minutes with today's pranayama.
Once we complete our 21 day journey together I will leave up the pages and videos for an extra week. Then on May 8th they all will be coming down. If you've missed a practice, or 2, or 3 :) sneak them in on the weekends, or the extra week we'll have. Because they'll be going away May 8th. The next challenge will be in July. So mark your calendars! It will be great to take with you on vacation!
Make a Wish!
Dandelions, Eyelashes, and Birthday Candles! Do you make wishes as you blow the eyelash off your finger or the beautiful fluffy dandelions?
Here's mine: I always wish on eyelashes and birthday candles!!! Dandelion leaves are great in salads. :)
Let me know your wishing spot in the form below or a comment on Facebook. :)
The intention for this 21 Day Challenge series is to do something everyday Monday - Friday. We are focusing on doing the basics at home and getting into a rhythm. Pace and modify according to you needs. I will always give you options. Remember you know yourself best, listen to your instincts.
Click on here to download the Journal Page (then simply click the print icon or download arrow to save it to your computer). I have filled in a sample one for you to see at the bottom of the page. Get creative and find wonderful color pens!
Benefits of Pranayama
Lower Blood Pressure
- I was able to experiment with this benefit. I took my blood pressure before doing a breath work exercise and then again after I did the breath work. My blood pressure did lower!
Decrease Overwhelm, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
- We've all heard the "take 10 deep breaths" before we act on a strong emotion. The deep breath will trigger receptors in the bottom of our lungs that send messages to our parasympathetic nervous system that even though things may be stressful, there is no saber tooth tiger waiting to pounce on us. It's not a situation of fight or flight. Just every day craziness. Which means there is no need to pump stressful cortisol hormones into our system that make us retain or gain weight! Ack no! Stress is not bad, it makes us stronger. It's when stress becomes overwhelm, too much, that we move into di-stress or dis-ease. Breathe :)
Clarity of Thought
- When we're agitated our breath is usually shallow and short. Think about the angry red faced person. Sometimes we're fearful that they're actually not breathing! When we take those deep breaths the big emotions start to dissipate and we are left with a bigger vision. Solutions become more apparent and we are no longer swayed by distractions.
Boost Your Energy
- Breath is life force, energy, prana. When we make space for a deeper breath, we are making room for more life. More energy. There is a Sanskrit proverb that says, "For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth."
with light and love,
Missed a Challenge?
No worries, click on the day below to catch up. :)
Week 1 - Get your body moving.
Week 2 - Where's your spirit?
Week 3 - Where's your spark?
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