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Columns

Shoulders and stress

“We all have a destiny in accordance with the breadth of our shoulders.

 My shoulders are broad.

--Placido Domingo

Inhale Deeply.

Exhale Slowly.

Roll your shoulders down away from your ears.

Simple, right? Yet so many of us walk around carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We don’t realize how tense our shoulders have become until perhaps they are touched.  Are you one of these people? If you are, you are not alone. Every single person you will meet today, any age and any condition, carries some form of stress in his or her life. In fact, every person in the whole wide world does!

Not all stress is bad. Stress can actually motivate us to achieve great heights. For example, an athlete works out and stresses the body to reach goals of glory. Over stressing the body can cause injury and no athlete wants that. Or for others, putting together a big presentation at school or work can be stressful but these stresses can also help to make a spectacular event happen. Over stressing about things can cause stage fright, fatigue or illness.

What may be a major stress for you, might be a minor stress for someone else. It’s all relative – some might even say it is the relatives. Stress is personal. Yet any way you look at it, it’s there for the taking. Stress happens.

There’s one other thing you and I and every single living person in the whole wide world have in common - we are breathing.

So, as you read this now, take a deep breath in and as you exhale:

Roll your shoulders down away from your ears.

Do this simple movement throughout the day. You may not realize how much you need this till you do it. By simply rolling your shoulders down away from your ears, your shoulders broaden. You are physically reminding your body to relax. You are reminding yourself you are strong. You can do it! Sort of like, in with the good- out with the bad. Whew…the shoulders come down. Here I come world!

In my last column I suggested exhaling twice as long as you inhale to help release anxiety and unhealthy stress. This simple breathing pattern can be practiced anywhere and anytime.

So, here’s another stress-buster for anywhere and anytime:

Roll your shoulders down away from your ears.

Joan can be reached at editorial@kcchronicle.com . Her award-winning Yoyoga website is at Yoyoga.com.

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