Thursday, April 9, 2020

Open-Close Breath Practice to Calm the Nervous System

Here's another short breath practice for quieting the nervous system. In this one, I'm using the open-close motion from Tai Chi, in which we float the hands apart on the inhalation and float them back toward each other on the exhalation. I like to add the slowing of the exhalation, which stimulates the vagus nerve to activate the parasympathetic nervous system - the part of the nervous system that returns us to a quiet, non-stress-elevated state.

Stay home, stay safe, stay well, and don't forget to BREATHE.


  1. Thank you. It helps.
    As does living in nature's moment and listening to gentle rain.

  2. I wish that we would have a day of gentle rain - that would be lovely. It very much helps to be in nature's moment as you say - I am grateful that we live on a sweet pond with lots of ducks and birds. The ducks just float along, and remind me that nature is not all up in arms, and perhaps is even grateful that we have all quieted down for a while.


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