A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid
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I was reading (and doing the breathing and pre-exercises in) this Pilates Method book I have.
It's actually a combination of pilates, yogo and dance elements (balletic movements and stretches). I was just amazed. The breathing exercises... very simple things, make you feel sooooooo much better.
Well, okay, they make *me* feel so much better.
Basically, this is what they are:

Kapalabhati the breath of fire, the foundation for the Hundred breath and warming up (short, invigorating bursts of breathing)
Retention with the three locks, to increase lung capacity and strengthen the heart (I never thought I'd read a fitness book that tells me to constrict my perineum)
Ujjayi the smooth concentrated breath for all yoga poses (my favorite)
Basic inhalation and exhalation with abdominal contraction for all the Pilates exercises
Alternate nostril breathing for final meditation (heheh.. this is goofy, but effective)

The book is Jennifer Kries' Pilates Plus Method and I reccomend you pick it up just to be FREAKED OUT by really really simple things like... feeling every muscle in your arm.. really *feeling* them, but in a non painful way.
I did the breathing things last night before bed and I slept like a rock.
I never sleep like a rock.

I think I'm going to continue this and see if it continues. Because anything that helps me sleep is very very worth it and after I'd done the exercises I was *so* very relaxed.
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