Right now, ‘How comfortable are you?’ If your body is completely comfortable, calm and relaxed, please skip this article! If, on the other hand, you sense tension of any kind in your body, you diminish the potential of your body to carry out its everyday activities, including healing itself.
At the Qi Gong class, our teacher kept asking ‘How comfortable are you?’, explaining that if our bodies were not completely relaxed the energy flows would be restricted, and the benefits of our movements diminished.
Whatever you plan to do with the next few hours of your time, and that includes sleep, having a relaxed and comfortable body will help you do it more effectively.
Here are 3 quick ways to relax your whole body that I use regularly. I suggest you scan the headings and see which one jumps out for you! Best to avoid them when you’re driving though.
Take an ordinary breath in, and then imagine that your out-breath is coming from a place the size of a walnut located inside your head – between your ears, and behind your third eye.
Take another ordinary breath in, followed by breathing from this place inside your head for a few breaths.
Once you have the hang of your outbreath going from inside your head, repeat it – this time saying to yourself on your out-breat:
‘Be the breath’.
Keep repeating the Yin Breath until you feel fully relaxed.
When I first learned this Yin breath from Alain Herriott in 2007 it instantly relaxed my whole body, so I’ve been using it ever since. Now just one Yin breath instantly relaxes me completely!
For those of you who use Access Consciousness tools, here’s the question I use when I find myself in an uncomfortable position while running someone’s Bars.
Ask, in your head:
‘What energy, space and consciousness can I be that would allow my whole body to relax with ease?’
Simply live in that question (rather than look for an answer). For me, while I live with the question, I find my body makes tiny adjustments, which don’t disturb the position of my hands on the person’s head, allowing my body to relax completely even though I appear to be in an awkward position.
If you practice TAT, you’ll know that the TAT Pose itself has a very relaxing effect on your whole energy system.
If you’re new to TAT, you’ll see a 2 minute video showing the TAT Pose here.
The main thing is to find a comfortable position to take the Pose, so your arms don’t get tired while you hold them up to the front and back of your head. Some people find it most relaxing to lie down, and have some cushions to support their arms.
Simply hold the TAT Pose for up to 5 minutes (and no more than a maximum of 10 minutes in any 1 day).
I’ve been using these methods for years, with a little practice you’ll soon find the one you chose gives you rapid results.
You may be surprised at some of the positions where you can relax. Alain Herriott had us do an exercise where we were to relax on the floor with a tennis ball under our backs – we did so!
The Delicious Nugget: Deeply relaxing your body until it is very comfortable will raise your potency for whatever lies ahead.
Hi May, loved this article. There is a beautiful philosophy and bodywork practice called Breema (from Afghanistan), and the first of the Breema 9 principles of Harmony is ‘Body comfortable’. Your opening paragraphs and your Qi Gong teacher’s comments gave me a clearer understanding of this fundamental principle of harmony. Thankyou.
ps we also share a love of the delicious!
Hi Beth, glad to have helped your understanding. And thank you for telling me about Breema. Thoroughly enjoyed the Virtual Choir on your Feeling Delicious Blog.
In delicious sisterhood, May
I started to do yin breath, but instead of relaxing I get a strong headache and shoulders contract: why? what am I doing wrong?
Valeria, thanks for letting me know your experience with the Yin breath.
It sounds as if you’re introducing tension, perhaps by trying hard to do something different. So, I suggest breaking it down into two stages:
a) first focus on ‘Being the Breath’ as you breather out with ordinary breathing, (ie forget about breathing from inside your head)
b) when when you feel comfortable with that, try breathing from the area inside your head.
Please let me know how it goes.