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buggirl2010-07-04 17:47:22 +0000 #1
I'm getting married in a couple of weeks and have suddenly realised that I'm a little anxious - things seem to be piling up in these last few days and I find myself losing my breath!

I'm looking for a handful of asanas and/or breath practises that may help me through the next couple of weeks. I really need simple things that I can do, in the car on the way to the airport, say,or before retiring at night once all of my visitors have gone to bed.

I had a quick look on the internet - one author suggested that anxiety should be valued and appreciated because it gives you the chance to look at what's going on. I like that idea (and will continue to take deep breaths while I'm paused at the traffic light).

Thanks in advance for your valuable words.
Albert2010-07-04 17:54:08 +0000 #2
Congratulations. ..and...yes, keep up with the breathing exercises.....if you want a free CD to help you calm down and relax at night you can download one I made myself here.
JenW2010-07-04 18:17:16 +0000 #3
Congratulations buggirl!

I find pranayama the best for calming down, especially alternate nostril breathing. I sometimes do it at my desk when I feel the need. (I'm sure my colleagues think I'm odd, but hey ho!) Or concentrate on breathing deep into your belly, make sure you can feel it really expanding when you inhale and contracting in and up when you exhale.

Best of luck with your wedding and try to remember that it is a special day for you and your partner to celebrate you love for each other – nothing much else matters. (in theory at least!)
xela2010-07-04 18:03:42 +0000 #4
I don't know how other people feel about this, but pachimotanasana and uttanasana really calm me down when things are going crazy. When I'm in uttanasana I usually bring a slight bend to the knee and wrap my hands around my neck just to lengthen it out a bit. I could stay like that forever.

And...congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
buggirl2010-07-04 19:06:07 +0000 #5
Thank you all! Great suggestions - easy to do in the hotel room or in the car.

Now I'm all set for the big day!
louise molenkamp2010-07-04 19:11:31 +0000 #6
Hello Buggirl,

wishing you a very nice weddingday. Enjoy it.

Think all the time you are filled and surrounded by your Beloved. That will calm you down for sure.

Namaste louise

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