Our human body has hormones which are constantly rising and falling, impacting our lives. Stress hormones are wonderful and can be beneficial to help us focus, for example, when we are driving in traffic; however, they can also be harmful when they are not in balance (or released after a stressful experience). There are many ways to help relieve stress including exercise, screaming, orgasming or practicing rhythmic breathing. Since the first three options may not be appropriate at a business meeting or a family dinner, breathing mindfully is a great tool to remember. Although eyes can be open, it seems to work best to have closed eyes and breathe all the way in to your body, and then breathe all the way out of the body, fully and slowly. Allowing the inhales to be the same length as the exhales creates balance to the nervous system. By adding very simple movement to mindful breathing, the body will most efficiently and effectively return to a balanced state. The video below demonstrates a one- minute easy way to center and restore.
Julie Jackson is a yoga and meditation instructor in the Central Coast of California. She has offered her nourishing style as a Professor of Yoga at CSUSB, and through Meditation and Teaching Methodologies at The University of Redlands, as well as at numerous studios, retreat centers and yoga and music festivals. Julie specializes in combining live music and high vibrational music with her yoga classes. Julie’s Undergraduate degree, and two Graduate degrees in Education enhance her ability to best meet the learning styles of all individuals studying with her. Julie has hosted retreats in Esalen, Joshua Tree Retreat Center and more. For classes, retreats and other events, check out juliejackson.com.