Allowing things to happen concentrating on our breathing is the secret recipe, I discovered, to feel better in the “worst cases’ scenario”.
Having a secret recipe to improve our mood is a blessing. It is obvious we can never run away from difficult moments, neither can we disregard the daily stress nor what can make us feel worst! Lately, I have been searching for the secret recipe that makes me feel better if I am sick, sad, or stressed, at anytime. You wouldn’t believe it! it is breathing. No wonder yoga is based on breathing. Allowing things to happen concentrating on our breathing is the secret recipe, I discovered, to feel better in the “worst cases’ scenario”.
A pregnant woman uses breathing to release the tension.
In a matter of fact, our breathing accelerates when we are stressed or scared: to control the situation we need first to control our breathing; if we are sad our breathing decelerates, accelerating it a little, jumping in place, for instance, we turn our attitude from negative to positive; a pregnant woman uses breathing to release the tension; when fed up for a reason, we inhale and exhale as if when exhaling we were driving away the burden.
Together we discovered the secret recipe that made me feel better always! Breathing!
Since, I don’t recall any situation where controlling my breathing did not make me feel better. Lately, I’ve changed my job several times and did not have time to look after myself: I was in a continuous adaptive-mode. Fortunately, I started yoga class with Nancy Abdo. I took her as my mentor, and together we discovered the secret recipe that made me feel better always! Breathing! It was fun and restorative to experience the magical mix of Hatha Yoga and breathing: physical exercises (known as asanas or postures) + sequences of asanas, designed to align our skin, muscles, and bones, opening many channels of our body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy and breathing can flow freely. My favorite asanas/postures are:
- Child Pose a.k.a. Balasana
- Half Pigeon a.k.a. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
- Supported Bridge Pose a.k.a. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose a.k.a. Supta Baddha Konasana
- Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose a.k.a. Viparita Karani
- Corpse Pose a.k.a. Savasana
That was the secret recipe that made me feel better all the time. What is yours? Feel Better, Be Better! Related article: How Yoga Helped Me Getting To The Next Stage?