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We’ve talked about how managing the breath cycle ratio (inhale – pause – exhale – pause) will impact energy levels. Knowing this is important because the last thing you would want to do is select a calming ratio the first thing in the morning when you’re trying to get going. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to select an energizing ratio when it’s time to go to sleep for the night.
Energy levels are also impacted by the postures selected and a couple of weeks ago I blogged about postures that are more energizing. For a more relaxing and calming effect use forward bend, twisting and supine (lying on your back) postures.
To experience these calming effects, come to a lying position on your back and bring your knees toward your chest. Place a palm on each knee with fingers pointing toward your toes. Be sure to keep your lower legs relaxed and your palms on your knees throughout the movement. As you exhale, bend your arms and gently move your knees toward your chest, keeping your back and sacrum on the mat. As you inhale, straighten your arms and move your knees away from your chest. Be sure that your exhale is at least equal to, and preferably longer than, inhale.
To make the exercise even more relaxing, pause after exhale for a count of 2 to 4 before you inhale again.
It’s easy to practice this posture in your bed as well as on your mat. Give it a try the next time you’d like to relax.
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