How often do you find yourself running between meetings and trying to balance social and professional engagements but feeling as if life is just passing by in a blur?
Meanwhile, it's hard to sleep, stress and anxiety levels are building and you find yourself counting down to your holidays. But what if we were able to live each day with a clear, relaxed mind, being present in each moment we spend with family, colleagues or by yourself?
It seems we are constantly pressured by a steady stream of demands and it is not strange that we fall into a cycle of stress.
When this happens our bodies begin to get out of balance and suffer. But the most weird thing is that we find ourselves living as if it's a normal state; that life is stressful and not feeling great seems normal. Soon enough, we find ourselves at the doctor searching for relief, to the psychologist to take care of our mind and emotions, or to the chiropractor to take care of our body.
It'll come as no surprise that external pressure will almost always be there, so with that in mind we need to build the endurance that will allow us to face life challenges without stress. When inner endurance becomes stronger than this external pressure, our levels of stress will decline. It is that simple - but easier said than done.
Maybe we don't listen to ourselves enough to realise when our body systems begin to suffer and when they are in pain and calling for help? Finding the strength to recover our health and improve our quality of life becomes very difficult, but ultimately the power is within us to find solutions. Imagine being completely balanced, with the best quality of mind, body, emotional and spiritual health. Imagine being stress-free.
The good news is that stress relief isn't too far away. Through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation we can effectively manage our stressful lives and live from another perspective with endurance, clarity, peace and health. Once you form these yogic habits you will be able to use them for the rest of your life.
Let's try a simple exercise to alleviate your stress:
The following is a very effective breathing meditation (pranayam) for releasing stress. It will help remove the stress from your body and fill you with calmness, balance and vitality.
Posture: Remove yourself from distraction and sit in a comfortable meditative position with a straight spine and your chest gently lifted. Place your hands on your knees with your index finger and thumb together (Gyan Mudra) with palms facing up.
Eyes: Close your eyes and direct your focus towards your breath.
Breath: Inhale through the nose in 8 equal strokes. Then exhale through the nose in one deep and powerful breath out.
Time: Repeat for 3 to 11 minutes.
To end: Inhale deeply through the nose and hold your breath for 5 seconds. Exhale through the nose. Inhale deeply and hold the breath for 10 seconds and roll the shoulders. Exhale powerfully. Inhale deeply and hold the breath for 15 seconds and roll the shoulders as fast as you can. Exhale and relax.
You are strong, powerful and can find the strength to live a balanced life you love.