This exercise is a rib breath with the added awareness of the sympathetic nervous system. This is the branch of the nervous system that is often dubbed the fight or flight nervous system. It gives us our “get up and go.”
To do this exercise you will need a mat. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. As you inhale start counting and let the breath expand your ribs. Count to six and then begin to exhale. Continue counting and then inhale when you have reached a count of seven. Continue breathing in this way as long as you want.
Things to think about
This exercise is intended to give you energy. It helps to have energetic images in your head as you practice this enlivening breath.
This is a great exercise for that time in the afternoon when it seems like five o’clock will never ever come.