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Friday, November 21, 2008

BREATHING

ALPHA- BREATHING
FOR RELAXATION

SIMPLIFIED PRANAYAM AND IMAGINATION

Alpha breathing is combination of imagination and a simplified version of Pranayam (Yoga of breath). It is a technique of deep regular breathing.

Deep breathing is important for 3 reasons.
1. The brain needs a lot of oxygen to function at high level of intelligence.
The brain is about 1.5 kilogram, which is about 3% of your body weight.
But the brain uses 20 to 25 percent of the total oxygen intake. Deep breathing
helps satisfy the oxygen demand of your brain.

2. Second, deep breathing relaxes you.
3. Third, breathing with a natural breathing cycle is one of the easiest and most
effective ways to increase alpha content of your brain waves.

This helps in learning.

Alpha-breathing:

Here are the steps for alpha-breathing. Use this technique NOW before reading any
more. Use this technique regularly for relaxation
.
· Repeat the following steps 4 times.
· Breathe from your diaphragm. Breath in through your nose for a count of four
(saying to yourself one, two, three, four)
· Hold your breath for a count of four. While holding imagine that oxygen is relaxing your brain and body.
· Breathe out through your mouth for a count of four. While exhaling, imagine that all stresses and tensions in your body/mind are going out with the breath.
· Do not pause. Immediately repeat the above steps.

(Source: Raj Bapna’s book “Mind Power Study Techniques” www.MindPowerIndia.com)

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