UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • MAY 2020 • Pg 19 How To Breathe:

last toxic carbon dioxide. A special note for those with asthma: Breathing is compromised when you have asthma and exercises to deepen the breath as explained here are not necessarily avail- able to you. The difficulty that asthma causes with the breath also increases panic, a double whammy since breathing exercise is a very important technique for dealing with panic. The article Panic Attacks describes alternate tech- niques available to you. A link is provided below.


Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. has written a great deal about proper


Some of his suggestions include The Stimulating Breath (also known as the Bellows Breath), The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exer- cise, and Breath Counting. You can find instructions for these breath exercises

Thought is more than a right - it is the very breath of man. Whoever fetters thought attacks man himself. To speak, to write, to publish, are things, so far as the right is concerned, absolutely identical. They are the ever-en- larging circles of in- telligence in action; they are the sonorous waves of thought. Victor Hugo

Truly to sing, that is a different breath. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • MAY 2020 • Pg 19

if you click here: Three Breathing Exercises. One of my favorite ex-

ercises of Dr. Weil’s is to imagine that the universe is breathing your body in- stead of you having to ef- fort to inhale and exhale. This is an excellent image to use before sleep. I have received great

benefit from a type of yoga breath referred to as a “cooling breath”. Keep the lips gently parted during the entire exercise. As you inhale, do so through a lengthwise curled tongue. This creates a kind of sucking sound. As you ex- hale relax the tongue. Not everyone has the capabil- ity of curling the tongue. If you fall into that category, not to worry. Improve your breath other ways. My own experience is that with the cooling breath, the oxygen

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capacity of my lungs is greatly increased.

ABOUT VANESSA: For 20 years Vanessa taught within Santa Rosa Junior College’s Older Adults Program, teaching over 8,000 classes in ex- ercise for those older. She is the producer, creator and developer of Building Better Balance, a series of DVD balance classes designed to help those older age well through ex- ercise. Vanessa is a pro- fessional dancer at the age of 76. She is a soloist and independent choreog- rapher who practices daily and performs frequently.

Her dance background in- cludes 20 years of study in the modern dance field and 25 years in Middle Eastern fusion styles of dance.

Hi Paul! Here’s one for you. I do enjoy your paper &

brought one with me this January to Twin Cities, Minne- sota. I was born & raised here for my first 28 years. Been in Sonoma County 35 years. I was back to visit my mom and younger brother. I wanted to put myself at the mall of Amer- ica which I did, but didn’t have the paper with me. This was taken at the Nutmeg Brew House in Burnsville, MN some- time in January 2020. ~ Shelley Ann Koelzer & Ken Jones

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