Reduce Stress in the New Year through the Ancient Science Of Breath

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What could be better than starting the New Year with a relaxed mind and improved health? Make this year's New Year's Resolution possible by enrolling in the Yoga of Breath stress reduction workshops offered throughout the Bay Area by the non-profit Art of Living Foundation.

What could be better than starting the New Year with a relaxed mind and improved health? Make this year's New Year's Resolution possible by enrolling in the Yoga of Breath stress reduction workshops offered throughout the Bay Area by the non-profit Art of Living Foundation.

Between the parties, music and gifts, the holidays lift the spirits. But soon it’s January and the crash begins. The bills and lack of rest conspire with the dark weather to bring on a case of the post holiday blues. The stress accumulates, and we are not able to release it.

It is now a well-known medical fact that chronic stress leads to irreversible physiological changes, resulting in diseased states such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, asthma etc. “In fact, stress may affect every cell in your body,” says Ronald Glaser, Ph.D., a researcher at Ohio State University Medical School.

So how can one easily remove the effects of stress in each cell of the body? The secret lies in the breath. The flow of breath controls the state of our mind. When upset, our breath becomes shallow and quick; when calm, our breath is deep and slow. Ancient Yogic practitioners studied this natural phenomenon and turned it into a science of de-stressing the mind. The practical application of this ancient science of breath is available in the Yoga of Breath Stress Reduction Workshop, also known as the Art of Living course.

The cornerstone of the course is the Sudarshan Kriya®, a powerful breathing technique that purifies and rejuvenates both the mind and body. It is known to have beneficial effects on the physiology, nervous system, endocrine system and the immune system.

As Suzanne Foti noted, “After the shopping, parties and family functions, I felt low. I remember feeling so lonely after the holidays. I enrolled in the Art of Living course last January, and have felt refreshed at so many levels ever since. I am able to truly relax and enjoy life.”

The Art of Living Foundation is an international nonprofit, educational and humanitarian foundation. Our educational programs are offered in more than 140 countries around the world. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), we work in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health and conflict resolution. For more information on the Art of Living Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.artofliving.org. For San Francisco Bay Area information please visit http://www.artoflivingsfba.org.

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