Similar to the practice of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Standing in Place allows you to release body tension that often goes unnoticed.
Practice: Standing in place with your feet together:
- Breath in and out through your nose, slow, even breathes. Use a 4 or 6 count inhale. Keep your exhale even and comfortable.
- Become consciously aware of the muscles in your legs.
- Stand this way for thirty seconds or more.
- Pay attention to what muscles are flexing in your feet, legs, and abdomen to keep you standing in place.
- Throughout the entire practice breath as smoothly and evenly as possible, aware of how your balance interacts with your breath, how it pulls or pushes your breath as you stand in place.
- Continue to hold your breath as smooth and even as possible while focusing on your muscles.
Purpose: This practice connects breath and muscle tension. Holding a smooth and even breath encourages the tension to leave the body. The brain’s attention on the muscles further encourages release.