Step 3) Breathe Deep & Enjoy the Ride. (pranayama) "Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga."-Seane Corn
So, you arrive at your destination and your bags didn't. Or, you forgot to pack your birth control on your first romantic weekend away with your new beau. Or, you think you left the tub on and your 1,000 miles over Greenland. What are you gonna do? Hopefully you've practiced the first 2 steps - if not introduce any variation of the above now. Also...breathe!
Hopefully you can start incorporating deep breaths that bring you into a relaxed state before the emergencies happen. So that when they do. You can breathe deep and make clearer choices than you otherwise would have. Practicing relaxing the tummy will help your lungs fill up more. I do this throughout my day and I pay attention to the fact that I'm 3 dimensional...YOU ARE TOO! So try expanding into the front, back and sides of your torso when you inhale (meaning inflate the belly, waist, and chest so you take in more oxygen.) And when you exhale, gently pull the bellybutton in and and up (sort of like the letter 'J') so that you exhale all the stale air out of the bottom of your lungs. There are many breathing techniques we do in yoga that you can google. But I like keeping it simple.
Here's a great breath practice from my friend Elizabeth Stenning of Find Your Balance Yoga: If you're looking to create peace, or compassion, or kindness in your life, then 1) When you inhale silent say to your self "I am peace (or whatever your word is)", then pause at the top of your inhale. 2) Then when you exhale say "I feel peace" (then pause at the bottom of your exhale.) NOTE: The pauses are only for a second or 2 so don't pass out! This has a surprising effect on the body and mind. Thanks Elizabeth!
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