Shining Head

Exercises posted to the “Try This!” section are for you to try at home.
The shining head breathing exercise will give you a quick energy boost and help clear your mind.

1. Stand erect or sit on your heels. Lean your trunk forward and place your hands on your thighs.

2. Breathe in gently through the nose, then breathe out quickly and forcefully, pulling in your abdominal muscles strongly as you do so. Breathe in and out in this way 10-12 times, concentrating on expelling through the nose all of the impurities your body has been breathing in.

3. Stop if you feel giddy; close your eyes and breathe normally until the feeling has passed. Perform step 2 once on the first occasion, but work cautiously up to repeating the exercise two or three times in a session for the greatest therapeutic value.

* Note: If you have high blood pressure or respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma or emphysema, consult your doctor before attempting this exercise.

This exercise is from Yoga: A Basic Guide, by Howard Kent.

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