Breathing

1 minute Pranayama to Slow Down Time

Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough time to get it all done, right?

"You have to have a written plan, with priorities, and execute it step by step, Laura"  says my husband

"Great, thanks for that, I say".

However, the reality of our day to day goes off plan, the plan has been scrapped, the plan does't apply, if there was one in the first place; there is so much to do, now, it feels, and a bit of panic sets in.

A plan is great, but what happens when the plan turns to custard and you need a bit more time right now?

In fact, I'm feeling it right now as the original draft for this post has completely disappeared (inadvertently deleted by me, of course) and now, looking at the clock, I have to pick up my daughter from school, I've wasted all that time and don't know when I can fit it in again,.. Plus there's wet washing in the machine to hang, there are bookings to confirm, a couple of WhatsApps that need replies and bits to do before I leave and..and....

Although there's no disaster you could do with a bit of time to re-focus and get present..

There is a paradox that, for us mortals, time is linear and we can do nothing to stop chronos time; the seconds turn into minutes, the minutes to hours, into days and the years roll by, and that is that, it is true..  

Time and tide wait for no man..

However, time is equally infinite, it always was, always is and always will be, and if we can connect to the infinite within us, where time does not exist, and bring it into our present, then we can slow down time.

Connecting to the infinite within works to expand the time we already have.

The video below shows a really short breathing technique, or Pranayama, thats connects you in and slows everything down. 

It works by emphasising the exhale, which effects the para sympathetic nervous system, 

slows down the heartbeat, relaxes the circulation, the nerves and the digestion which helps us connect with the calmness, and the present, so we can focus out of overwhelm with a bit more joy.

Give it a whirl. It really does work. Pop it in your mental handbag for everyday use!

I've just done the Pranayama right here at my laptop and I'm already feeling better. Of course, apart from picking up my little girl from school, there is nothing that can't wait. But it's great - I get to practice what I preach, and all in time to head to the school, with time for a coffee and to ping those WhatsApps back!  

Damn.. I left the washing in the machine!! Oh well, Nevermind, Not important. Anyway, I don't think there is a meditation for that. 

Thank you. I hope you enjoy!!!

Nature's Corset - Breathe Yourself Toned Abs

Like the corset of an 18th Century aristocrat, breathing deeply in through the nose, then exhaling through the mouth while engaging the abdominals (so they tighten and contract), also lifting the pelvic floor, pulls in muscles around the waist and abdomen activating nature's corset...

Breathing and engaging Abs activates nature's girdle. Yay..If only my Nana knew!

Unlike the corset of said aristocrat, this activation and contraction goes beyond the aesthetic and reinforces the muscle fibres of the Transversus Abdominus (TA) and, the area so often talked about in Pilates, the illusive "Core"..

The TA is mostly responsible for holding it all together, in and up and keeping it strong.... and is a lot more comfy than a corset too!

Bringing a conscious awareness to how you breathe cannot be underestimated and can make a huge difference to your stress levels, as well as activating the deep support muscles that protect your spine, balance your torso, and strengthen and tone your abdominals from the inside out. Oh yeah!!

It tones the waistline AND strengthens the internal abdominals -  It's Win Win!!

This contraction of the abdominals with focused breath can be done anytime, anywhere and should absolutely be done when picking up a child, heavy shopping or getting the ton of IKEA Market Place pieces, you said you weren't going to buy, in from the car..

This can also vastly reduce your chance of prolapsed bladder and uterus later in life. Dramatic, but it happens!

In the short video below, we get your corset on and challenge your abdominals, toning and strengthening while you breathe. Its a great foundation.

Thank you.. I hope you enjoy.