Monday, December 29, 2014

A Technique for "Road Rage"

Road Rage an aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle.  These behaviors could include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner or making threats.  Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions that result in injury or even death.

A simple technique to combat road rage or any stress is Pranayama breathing.  Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning extension of the prana or breath- extension of the life force.  It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.

A simple form of this breathing is a long 3 second inhale through the nose followed by a long 3 second exhale through the nose.  Easier said than done.

One of my yoga instructors stated that in 12 seconds- 2 complete breath cycles- one can eliminate stress and hostility.

The next time somebody cuts you off in your car, try 1 breath I, 1 breath out, 1 breath in, and 1 breath out.  You will be surprised by the power of the breath!

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