‘Focusing on breathing’ at bedtime is a deliberate step to meet the challenge of introducing this new practice into the daily routine (4).
The breathing practices presented here are different from Yogic breathing which require you to change the current pattern of breathing, to conform to the given guidelines. In contrast, these do not suggest any pattern for breathing, except in one mode. We passively watch the breathing, like watching the actors on a movie screen. These practices are totally safe whatever way you do them, even for children.
How do I practice at bedtime?
Begin practicing when lying on the bed and waiting for sleep. If you like it, extend the practice to waking up.
Falling asleep ‘Focusing on breathing’: Practice at bed time, lying on the bed, when you need to sleep. Focusing on breathing reduces the flow of thoughts and calms the mind. The muscles all over your body gradually loosen and relax. Your sleep will improve significantly from day one!. More at (1).
Waking up ‘Focusing on breathing’: Practice immediately on waking up, still sleepily lying on the bed, eyes closed, for at least for a few minutes. This morning practice has a tuning effect on the mind and body, laying a good foundation for a stress free working day. More at (2).
What are the benefits?
Most practitioners report significant improvement in sleep pattern – sleeping quicker, less interruptions and waking up feeling better. Also reported are relief from variety of problems: Anger, Anxiety, Asthma, lack of Concentration, anxiety in Dental work, Depression, Hypertension, repeated failure of Infertility treatments, Insomnia, Job stress, Migraine, Obesity, Panic attacks, Chronic pains, Smoking, Smiling and Stuttering and Willpower . Detailed reports are at (3).
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