1992 DREAM TEAM wrote:Try this before your next session, it only takes a few minutes. If you tend to be congested, you might want to do a nasal wash or blow your nose before. Steamy shower works, too.
Alternate Nostril Breathing:
Sit cross-legged or in a chair, whichever is more comfortable. Remember to relax and sit up straight, have some dignity! Using one hand, fold the index and third finger down. Touch the tip of your thumb and ring finger together and let the little finger rest gently aside the ring finger.
Bow your head slightly downward like you're putting a hood on. As you bow, let your awareness curve back into itself, cultivating a reflective state. Bring your hand up, open ring and thumb finger, and place them on the sides of your nostrils (don't pinch! lol)
Breathe naturally, try to let it come by itself, gently close your eyes.
0. Close the left nostril and exhale completely out the the right nostril
1. Inhale through the right nostril.
2. Close the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.
3. Inhale through the left nostril.
4. Close the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril.
This completes one cycle. Repeat from 1 and continue for up to 20 cycles. Check that you are not slouching forward with your chest and keeping your breastbone upright (remember, dignity!). Open your eyes every 4-5 cycles to check. Also make sure you are not pressing so hard you are moving your septum or head off center.
When you are done, take a few moments to observe how you feel. How would you describe your state of mind?
I just noticed the transformation in a person who did the above exercise (along with a few others) for just
35 days. Weight lost, colds gone, [highlight=red]thinking focussed[/highlight] and vastly better energy levels. In his own words, he started functioning much better at his job. Should be great for all of us in the trading community!