THE 3 ALIGNMENTS: FOR MIND BODY BALANCE
The 3 Alignments are simple mindful practices you can incorporate daily to trigger relaxation, enhance optimal immune function, calm the nervous system and balance brain chemistry. They are based on Dr. Roger Jahnke's contributions to the field of wellness.
Giving yourself space to practice the 3 Alignments regularly throughout the day is an excellent way to enhance overall mind-body balance. It takes only a moment to practice (about 1-3 minutes) and can be easily incorporated as a healthy habit. I practice the 3 Alignments myself and encourage my clients to set several daily reminders to do the same. Here's how:
1. Adjust and Align Your Body Posture.
Sit or stand upright. Your posture should be straight, but not too stiff. With your chin slighty tucked, lengthen your neck as if there is an imaginary cord lifting the top of your head toward the sky.
2. Adjust and Deepen Your Breath.
Become one with your breath. Inhale slowly through your nose. Exhale slower and longer to relax even more. Allow your breaths to be deep, slow, and relaxed, but not urgent.
3. Clear Your Mind.
Take a moment to let go of any thoughts concerning the past or the future. Simply become present by noticing where you are, what you're doing and what you're sensing, touching, seeing, hearing, and feeling.
Now, carry this sense of renewed balance and relaxation with you as you continue with your day. Remember to practice the 3 alignments again if you start to feel tense.