A subtle posture adjustment, to empower you in any situation.

Draw your throat in towards the back of your neck, and gently reach up to the crown of your head.

This will instantly improve blood circulation in your spinal cord.

So, why is that a good thing? Because your spinal cord is a passage of communication from your brain to the rest of your body. Your whole nervous system is connected to your spinal cord, so it is vital that you keep it as healthy as possible.

Think about this. When the lines of communication are free from obstruction (such as slouching, or habitually poor posture due to a variety of stresses), you will inspire good health and increase your overall personal effectiveness.

Some of the benefits:

  • Inspires deeper breathing to oxygenate the body
  • Increases capacity to focus
  • Builds confidence
  • Decreases mood swings and averts stress
  • Improves thyroid function
  • Calms your nervous system
  • Better posture
  • Improved appearance
  • And my favourite:  Compassionately rise above the dreary moods of others around you with style and grace!

The technique is often practiced with yoga poses, it is known as Jalandara Bandha. Depending on the pose, the bandha has a range of variations. A well-experienced teacher will be able to guide you through them.

The most important point is to avoid too much force. Reach to your maximum, and relax your effort as you hold the posture. You don’t need to push too hard to experience the benefits of Jalandara bandha.

So wherever you are, standing, sitting or lying down – Draw in your throat towards the back of your neck, and gently reach up to the crown of your head.

Try it now, you will feel empowered instantly. I guarantee it!

Regards,

Yatren.

If this technique brings to mind anyone in your circle of friends, family or colleagues who may be interested in developing their personal effectiveness, I would be honoured if you shared it with them. Thank you!

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The Gap in the Breath

The conscious breath meditation technique is the easiest one to practice, since you always have access to it. It is simply being conscious of your inhalation and exhalation, regardless of the activity that you are engaged in. Remember you don’t have to sit like a Yogi to practice this – though it is incredibly effective when you do!

Now that you are more attentive to your breath, and its ability to draw you to the present, start to also bring awareness to the gap between the inhalation and the exhalation, and the exhalation and the inhalation.

This is the turn point at the end of the inhalation, just before the beginning of the exhalation, and vice versa. Be mindful of this space, this gap between breaths is a quiet and still space.

There is no stress, no aggression, and no violence in this gap. It’s a space where you can be calm, alert, and convert habitual emotional reactions into proactively dealing with any challenge!

The greatest advantage of this technique is that it is always nearby. Whenever overwhelm sets in, watch the gap. When emotional or physical pain gets on top of you, watch the gap. When you are exercising or resting, watch the gap. When you are winning, watch the gap. When you are happy, watch the gap. Take a few moments now to watch the gap. The gap between breaths is always there, waiting for you to make use of it!

Regards

Yatren

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