Feeling stressed out? Then take a deep breath and relax

publication date: Nov 8, 2007
author/source: Anne Coates
When you’re under stress you are probably breathing very shallowly. This limits the amount of oxygen going into the lungs and so the blood receives an inadequate supply.

Shallow breathing can lead to:
Deep breathing can help break the vicious circle. It relaxes your body and mind so that you can examine your negative thoughts and replace them with more positive ones.

But it’s easy to think we have taken five minutes out to relax when we haven’t really done so. This is where Beautiful Calm triumphs.

I have listened to numerous relaxation tapes/CDs and usually find them irritating! And there's only so much of listening to ocean waves a person can take. With Ananga Sivyer's Beautiful Calm I loved the music and her voice didn't grate on the ear - nor was she patronising.

What I particularly like about Beautiful Calm  is that the cover tells you exactly how long each guided breathing/meditation takes.

So if you only have three minutes to spare try the MIndfulness Meditiation. As long as nine minutes? Then work through the Buddhist Meditation.

The first CD provides you with eight step-by-step guided relaxation and meditation experiences taking you into a state of peacefulness.

The second CD allows you to let tension drain away to the sound of bamboo flutes, Tibetan bowls and other traditional meditative instruments.

I'd recommend loading the first CD onto your iPod or MP3 player and taking time out during the day - you can do most of the exercises anywhere so ideal for on the journey home on public transport!

Ananga Sivyer has been practising meditation herself for over 20 years and is also a flautist and music composer specialising in creating relaxing soundscapes.

Beautiful Calm by Ananga Sivyer is available directly from Dragon Rising at www.dragonrising.com or by calling 01323 729 666.

It is available as a download for £11.97 or as an audio CD priced at £14.97.

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