i'm gonna wait to post more until some more folks show up.......om shanti
so i guess we read vthese from bottom to top.....here is a beginning to the inhale-refresh.....exhale-relax technique..
so inhale-refresh. Any position(back straight) is fine just do it when you remember but every morning for sure. The feeling-state or your mental state (i call it inner weather) during refresh is like this===when we said the word "beach" to our lab there was instant JOY---tail going whole body excited happy happy dog---or the feeling of a child night before or morning of christmas---or you before the trip to bora bora!!That feeling! Imagine it! Really. imagination is powerful. The mind can believe it. Like placebo effect. Or conditioning. If you like add a word or image (or both) to help. So maybe say the word refresh (or beach) as you inhale and feel sunshiney. The more you practice this (tailor it to you) the more effective and reliable it becomes. At first just pretend you feel the refreshment. What can you lose.
Now don't hold or force your breath---just relaxed but full inhale---primary nutrient!! Elixir. I know it sounds weird or hokey or? but is based on scientific principles. Give it a try and see. There is yet more to it than that but first just this step..
Next time the exhale-relax practice. I bet many of you have done the exhale with relaxation and ahhhh etc before. Anyway make it a good day in spite of the challenges. Sometimes it is a choice. sometimes not.
This is very often used before yoga practice or meditation and is a meditation in itself.