Nothing says “renew, rejuvenate, and de-stress” like summertime! We embark on all kinds of activities in search of the elusive “relaxation response.”

We head to the first thing water, beach or pool,

We take grand vacations,
 

We travel to parks, and festivals,

We even search out health spas and retreats

But let us not ignore a relaxation activity that is as clear as the nose on our face

deep breathing,

It has been scientifically proven that deep breathing is not only relaxing, it also affects the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system — and may even have positive effects on gene expression (http://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131734718/just-breathe-body-has-a-built-in-stress-reliever). 

 
 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” (Arthur Ashe)