I do this simple breathing exercise whenever my three kids under three years old make me tired. Or whenever I need more energy. It’s great after being on the internet for too long: it clears you mind of clutter. This exercise is also wonderful for stress relief. It provides enough oxygen to your cells, so that they can function to their optimal capacity. It also detoxifies the body and cleanses the blood of  unneeded toxins.

You can teach the exercise to your kids: it will give them an easy tool to deal with their emotions and with the feeling of being overwhelmed. My two year old can do it or a about a minute now.

Make sure you are seated comfortably, with a slight curve in your lower spine. Draw your shoulders down and your shoulder blades towards one another. Practice this for a minute or two. A simple change of posture can  bring a complete shift of mood and energy. Of course, you can sit cross-legged on the floor, but sitting on a chair is fine. Really.

Close your eyes and inhale through the nose, allowing your ribcage to expand and your chest to rise. Lift your belly button up. Exhale and let your chest fall and your ribcage to contract. The belly can relax. As you inhale, visualize a bright ball of light going up your spine, towards the top of your head and as you exhale, visualize this ball of light descend through your chest and belly, eventually landing on your tail bone. Repeat eight times.

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