Two Ways To Cool the Mind, Relax the Body

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Tension, headaches, insomnia, and an overheated mind can all be problems if you are depressed or anxious. Here are a couple of yogic exercises that may provide some relief.

Each of us has to experiment with different symptom management tools to discover not only what helps, but which ones we are willing to do. If you have any health problems or concerns, talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise.

Belly Drumming

This daily exercise is said to soften, strengthen, and awaken the lower abdominal area, increasing our sense of confidence and well being. Belly drumming is believed to neutralize the effects of over-thinking, to cool and balance the autonomic nervous system.

Energy can easily stagnate in our belly, especially if we eat poorly or consume too much, and the food does not digest properly. We might experience constipation, bloating, and as toxins build up we might notice fatigue, headaches, or skin problems. Belly drumming helps by restoring regular intestinal movement, or peristalsis.

  1. Stand having your feet shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly; lengthen and relax the spine. Release any tension from your neck, shoulders, or arms.
  2. Rest your open hands or relaxed fists against your lower abdomen. Begin patting your abdomen in a rhythmic manner for one to two minutes. Be gentle, but as your abdomen gets stronger you can gradually increase the pressure and drumming time (up to ten minutes).

Toe Tapping

The toe tapping exercise calms the mind and relaxes the body. Because it stimulates acupressure points in the feet that have connections throughout our system, the entire body is left refreshed. Toe tapping is particularly good at relieving tension, insomnia, headaches, and fatigue.

Individuals with stiff joints or poor energy circulation may find this exercise difficult at first. Some people experience burning sensations as stagnant energy is freed. If the effort becomes too uncomfortable, do it more slowly until your body acclimates to the exercise.

  1. Lie down with your feet together, head in line with your spine. Close your eyes and release any tension from your body. Breathe naturally.
  2. Always keeping your heels together, swing your feet outward (the outside of your feet moving toward the floor) and then inward so that your big toes repeatedly bump together.
  3. Move your feet out and in as fast as possible without straining. Start with 50 repetitions and gradually increase the amount. Try working up to at least 1,000 taps or about ten minutes.
  4. When finished, take a few moments to notice any vibrations or energy sensations within your body.

Source: Heart Drum Beat
Photo credit: Bailey Weaver

 
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