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Breathe and Meditation for Stress Relief

By Chris Jensen, October 4, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen
Looking for an easy, practical, and free(!) way to help balance yourself every day? Discover how the healthy mood benefits of conscious breath are available for everyone. Charles F. MacInerney, RYT-500, has been a fulltime teacher of yoga, meditation and mind/body skills since 1989. He teaches in Austin, Texas, and offers yoga workshops throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

 

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Rachel says ...
I think I just might have to try the rice bag on my stomach to see if that helps raise my awareness of how I breathe-very interesting concept-I do find myself pretty stressed sometimes and wonder if this sort of thing could help.
10/21/2009 9:32:56 PM CDT
Grissell says ...
I am going to try this everyday , 5 minutes a day. This is some fantastic information. Thanks again!
10/16/2009 8:55:55 PM CDT
Cindi says ...
This really interested me! I have a degree in Psychology and have studied the benefits of deep breathing from the diaphragm. It also helps a singing voice! I especially want to try his suggestion on walking meditation. Getting a rhythm going with your walking and then coordinate your breathing with it! How beneficial! Thanks, Cindi
10/21/2009 1:54:16 PM CDT
Amy Wassell says ...
I have been trying to "breathe" to calm myself for about 2 weeks and I have noticed a difference in my mood. I feel much more relaxed and better able to handle stressful situations that arise in everyday life. I can't wait to try the walking meditation, it sounds very relaxing.
10/18/2009 8:39:17 AM CDT
Angela N says ...
I've always thought of deep breathing only as a way to calm down when stressed out..but now after listening to this, I will be making an effort to do it more often! Will be trying the rice bag technique later today!
10/18/2009 1:56:53 PM CDT
Kate says ...
Thanks for this podcast! I really enjoyed the tip for the walking meditation since I have tried to meditate several times before and have a very hard time with the 'stillness'. I'm still hoping I will someday become calm (as Charles sounds!) so I can reap even more benefits of meditation!
10/18/2009 5:55:17 PM CDT
Stefanie Schmidt says ...
What a great way to relax. I am on the go a lot and often stressed out, so this meditation really reminded me to stop and breathe and feel relaxed, thank you!
10/19/2009 8:16:13 AM CDT
Lizb says ...
Like they say in yoga, breathe connects the mind to the body!
10/21/2009 10:35:16 AM CDT
Cara Mirabella says ...
Sitting still to just breathe is so hard for moms - this podcast is a must for us! I'm going to try the walking meditation - release energy while releasing stress sounds like a good idea to me :)
10/20/2009 10:58:21 PM CDT
Stephanie V. says ...
Had not even considered walking meditation but going to give it a try as soon as my broken toe allows. Sounds perfect for me. tvollowitz at aol dot com
10/26/2009 1:58:41 PM CDT
Pamela says ...
Breathe in the wonderful Fall air, and let the feelings of peace fill you!
10/26/2009 7:54:19 AM CDT
Colleen C says ...
This was great information and very practical. I have a tendency to forget to breath - I usually figure it out when I wonder why I am light headed. Thanks for a great podcast!
10/24/2009 7:02:43 PM CDT
Lori says ...
I really felt peaceful listening to this podcast, thanks for sharing. Charles voice is very relaxing.
10/12/2009 4:46:03 PM CDT
Gina Clowes says ...
I am one of those people who have a hard time sitting still. I usually try to listen to meditation tapes at night but am sleeping well before I can clear my mind so I love the idea of walking meditation!
10/13/2009 5:14:55 PM CDT
Lori Barnes says ...
I really enjoyed this it makes me concious of my breathing and i will put it to practice. I like all the different post you have listed on your site, there's quit a few i want to check out.
10/13/2009 5:25:35 PM CDT
Piers Cross says ...
Hi Chris, Thank you for shining your light out to the world. I love doing deep breathing exercises and I am so glad that you have shared these exercises with us, Be well, Piers
10/16/2009 4:51:00 AM CDT
Stephanie says ...
Wow. Thanks so much for that! I just started practicing Yoga and the thing I have the hardest time with is breathing when and how I'm told. I've been thinking it's not that big of a deal but I guess I really need to step it up! :)
10/16/2009 10:41:28 AM CDT
Gail T. says ...
Good stuff here! I felt relaxed just listening! Breath is vital for keeping us relaxed, feeding our cells and blood stream, and connecting us to ourselves during the hectic days.
10/16/2009 11:30:41 AM CDT
Nancy says ...
I always associated this breathing method with yoga and meditation. I will have to try and his breathing ideas about walking at the end of my daily walk during my cool down.
10/17/2009 9:23:18 AM CDT
Christy says ...
I'm going to try the walking meditation as I am one of those people who can't sit still for very long.
10/17/2009 1:21:18 PM CDT
Shalimar says ...
Paying to one of the most important aspects of life - breathing - seems obvious! How did I miss it??
10/18/2009 2:05:41 AM CDT
Elizabeth N. says ...
I like the walking mediatation idea - I prefer that to sitting still. Thanks for practical tips!
10/17/2009 9:06:45 AM CDT
Shannon says ...
I love the immediate, practical ways of applying the information given in your podcasts! Whether it is going for a walk this afternoon or taking a few moments to lie down and consciously focus on my breathing - these are easy to start applying and integrating into my lifestyle.
10/18/2009 11:23:56 AM CDT
Cathy says ...
These podcasts are wonderful and very helpful in a toxic world. Breathing is a simple tool to be aware of every day to calm down stress and be more centered. Very well done.
10/18/2009 10:13:45 AM CDT
Elisa Sullivan says ...
Nice story!!! Thank you.
10/18/2009 11:58:42 AM CDT

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