A practical guide to your lifelong health and well being by Mary Bowen
A practical guide to your lifelong health and well being
by Mary Bowen
«…1. Honor and cherish the job your body is doing to keep you here.
2. Give your body as much love and attention as you would and do give to your beloved child or
3. Give yourself enough “rest,” “exercise” and “healthy nutritious food” to build and maintain
good health and energy.
4. Pay attention to how you are “breathing”, explore ways to improve it.
Allow yourself to “yawn”… (Nature’s Best Breath)… frequently… for your whole lifetime. Exercise
yawning, becoming a witness to the difference in every yawn. Each yawn gives you a fresh start, a
new beginning. It is our best releaser of anxiety and tension, chronic or otherwise. We have been
taught since childhood NOT to yawn which has been our misfortune. We need
to reverse this situation…. Or…. Include “yawning” in your every day as the best natural release
of tension, anxiety and tiredness that we have available to us. Reverse and remove any and all
inhibitions you experi- ence “against yawning.” Work to become conscious of each yawn as to its
length and the extent of its reach throughout the body. A yawn gives us a “fresh start” from
“neutral gear” every time we allow it to happen. A yawn is “nature’s best natural breath.” All
animals yawn. We are animals also. Please let yourself yawn.
5. Find an exercise method for yourself, which can and needs to become a lifelong discipline for
you. There is more than one road to Rome. Yoga is good for the body, an ancient method. Pilates,
another good method for the body is only one hundred years old. (Pilates fulfilled my own
exercise needs from the age of 29. I still do it at 88 and find that my practice of Pilates, my
breathing and my life in my body is improv- ing with aging. It can be so with each of you also.
a) A continual body discipline over your lifetime is important…for your health and wellbeing…»
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