When you are paying attention to your breath and practicing control of your breath, whether you are holding it in, or holding it out, you bring your nervous system into balance. When you have control over your breath, you have control over your emotions, hair trigger reactions, addictions and apprehensions.
Practice this every day for 3 minutes. Build it up to 5. Do it first thing when you wake up, or right before you go to bed, or both. Try doing it for 40 days, and see what effects you feel.
Posture: Sit in a chair with a straight spine and both feet touching the ground, or sit in easy pose, a simple cross-legged position on the floor. Place the palm of your right hand against the back of the left hand. Press the thumb tips together.
Raise your hands up until they are a few inches in front of the heart. Hold the hands, forearms and elbows in a horizontal line, parallel to the ground.
Eye focus: The eyes are nine-tenths closed.
Breath: Inhale deeply through the nose. Calmly, hold the breath IN for 15-20 seconds.
Exhale deeply through the nose. Then calmly, hold the breath OUT for 15-20 seconds. Concentrate on the breath.
Time: Continue for 3 minutes.
This meditation “Balancing the Nervous Energies” is taken from from The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. For more information about Yogi Bhajan and his teachings, check out www.3HO.org.