Draw your throat in towards the back of your neck, and gently reach up to the crown of your head.
This will instantly improve blood circulation in your spinal cord.
So, why is that a good thing? Because your spinal cord is a passage of communication from your brain to the rest of your body. Your whole nervous system is connected to your spinal cord, so it is vital that you keep it as healthy as possible.
Think about this. When the lines of communication are free from obstruction (such as slouching, or habitually poor posture due to a variety of stresses), you will inspire good health and increase your overall personal effectiveness.
Some of the benefits:
- Inspires deeper breathing to oxygenate the body
- Increases capacity to focus
- Builds confidence
- Decreases mood swings and averts stress
- Improves thyroid function
- Calms your nervous system
- Better posture
- Improved appearance
- And my favourite: Compassionately rise above the dreary moods of others around you with style and grace!
The technique is often practiced with yoga poses, it is known as Jalandara Bandha. Depending on the pose, the bandha has a range of variations. A well-experienced teacher will be able to guide you through them.
The most important point is to avoid too much force. Reach to your maximum, and relax your effort as you hold the posture. You don’t need to push too hard to experience the benefits of Jalandara bandha.
So wherever you are, standing, sitting or lying down – Draw in your throat towards the back of your neck, and gently reach up to the crown of your head.
Try it now, you will feel empowered instantly. I guarantee it!
If this technique brings to mind anyone in your circle of friends, family or colleagues who may be interested in developing their personal effectiveness, I would be honoured if you shared it with them. Thank you!
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