Complementary Practices

These practices complement the ‘Relaxation to Meditation ‘ practices and enhance the benefits for mind and body. Try these techniques a few times and evaluate. Use them as needed or as a routine.

  • Chanting: Chant a word, phrase or a few lines which appeal to your heart. The chant can be religious or non religious. Better to choose a chant with an ancient tradition behind it, as it will have a power of its own, having been repeated by millions of people in the past. More…
  • Drinking Water: This method benefits the body (includes the brain) directly. The mental processes benefit indirectly, due to a more healthy body. You have to drink at least 8 full cups (one cup is 240 ml) of plain water…More…
  • Hot to Cold Shower: Start your bath with hot shower. Soap and rinse the body. Before shutting off the shower, move the faucet handle a little, towards the cold side. More…
  • ‘Neti’ practice for stuffy nose and sinus problems: One common problem for ‘focusing on breathing’ is a stuffy or running nose. A simple and proven home therapy for resolving this problem is to use a Yoga based ‘Neti pot’….More…
  • Deepening and slowing the breath: Longer and deeper breaths result in less number of breaths per minute which has a calming effect. Let us say your breath cycles (one in and out breath is one cycle) are 14 to 16 per minute. More…
  • Releasing tension in the jaws: We lock up a lot of tension in the jaw muscles without being aware.  This tension spreads to the neck, shoulders, hands and fingers. Here are some practices to release this tension. More ….
  • Standing still on the floor
    This is a simplified beginner’s version of the Yoga pose. Stand with your big toes touching and gap of an inch between the heels. Keep your arms straight, palms facing the legs, about six inches away from the body. Don’t lock the knees. Keep them loose. Don’t hold the hips tight. Let them move freely in all directions. Don’t hold the neck tight, Let it find its balanced position on your shoulders. Let your knees, hips and head be free, allowing them to move freely to keep the body in balance. Try to equalize the pressure of the feet on the floor, all over the soles. Focus your mind on the soles pressing the floor and on the slight movements at the knees, hips, hands and neck. Focus on the breathing using the folding, tip, counting or feeling modes (1). Practice 6 to 9 sets (2).If you find it difficult to place your feet as close as mentioned above, increase the gap between them, to be comfortable.
  • Stretching and Moving:These are variety of stretches and movements for beginners to integrate with the breathing.  More….
  • Yoga breathing: Try these modes of YOGA breathing modes for short durations of 1/2 to 1 minute to see how you feel. If you feel any adverse indications, stop immediately.

(1) How can I focus on breathing?
(2) One set is 3 breaths.

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