What are some of the natural cycles that we follow in our lives? To start with, we have a regular pattern of breathing, another rhythm is that of our heartbeat,and then there is the daily cycle of activity,rest and sleep. Only a healthy body can have a healthy mind and vice verse, so it is important to understand these natural rhythms and be in sync with them.
Lets start with breathing. Each of us has a unique breathing pattern. Not only do we inhale and exhale in a specific rhythm, but our two nostrils also work differently, according to the sun and moon cycles.
When our natural balance is disturbed, a switch occurs. For example, when we are angry, the sympathetic nervous response is triggered, so the right nostril becomes dominant. The same happens when we have a lot of fear or anxiety.
During this sympathetic response, the hormones adrenaline, cortisol anorepinephrine are released into the blood, so our hearts beat faster, our muscles tense and get ready for action, our blood pressure goes up, and we become highly aware. We are ready for flight or fight.
IN ORDER TO RESERVE THIS , YOU MAY TRY A SIMPLE BREATHING EXERCISE
Close your right nostril with your right thumb and take a slow, deep breath through your left nostril, breathing deeply into your abdomen and releasing the breath fully each time. Then continue to breathe like this eight to ten times through your left nostril. Keep your right nostril closed throughout.
Normally your heart will stop pounding, you will calm down, and the emotional charge of anger, fear or anxiety will dissipate to a large extent.but if you have an anxiety disorder , please consult your doctor.
Since time immemorial, our forefathers developed a routine of life based on these cycles. Most activities were performed during the daytime, and night time was for rest. So the body acquired a rhythm of activity and rest day and night. To be in tune with these cycles, they generally rose early. Still today, in villages, in India, you can see people in the early mornings practicing the traditional ritual offerings to the sun.