We are so very pleased that you have decided to include us on your journey. Many people who do not currently meditate or do not have an active Mind-Body training program wonder if there is some trick to learning it all. Others who do are often left to wonder “Am I doing this the right way?”
One of the most fundamental ways to learn to meditate as well as to relax is to become more aware of and focus on the breath. The breath and “breathwork” (breathing exercises and methods) are fundamental and an important part of any Mind-Body or meditation practice.
When you use Unyte’s programs along with the iom2 sensor, you gain awareness of your nervous system state and are able to see this feedback displayed on screen instantly. This is a significant tool in gaining understanding and improving your Resonance. But the biggest benefits and greatest impact on you comes from developing a consistent Mind-Body or meditation practice. The first and most important step to developing a solid practice is to be willing to do this regularly and to focus less on doing it “right” but simply doing it repeatedly. The real benefits of meditation and breathing come from consistency and repetition.
We suggest you follow these three simple steps to increase your results:
Step 1 – Establish Your Practice Space
It is important to create a physical environment that is conducive to relaxation and meditation.
While our products are designed to be used anywhere you like, sitting down in a very cluttered room or in a space that is distracting in other ways will have an effect. Try and find a space that is quiet enough to allow you to disengage from the world around you. One that promotes feelings of comfort and relaxation. Sometimes adding a simple candle or flowers or even a calming image or photo can make your space more inviting and will aid you in your practice.
Make sure your sitting position is as relaxed and as comfortable as possible too. You should be able to easily maintain a relaxed but upright posture during your entire session. This can take trying different positions, cushions or chairs to find your optimal combination.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Body
Just like we want to create an optimal physical environment and surroundings for our meditation and Mind-Body practice, so too we want to fully prepare our physical self for each session.
Try to avoid wearing clothing that feels binding or constrictive in anyway. Sometimes it is as simple as slipping off your shoes at the end of the day and other times it may require changing into something more loose fitting or just more comfortable.
During your sessions be sure to sit still, use your iom2, avoid talking or any other interactions as well as any chewing, drinking, etc. Let these moments be about your Mind-Body practice as completely as you can. Be sure to have satisfied any other physical urges or needs as fully as possible before you begin.
Step 3 – The “Heart Breath”
It is hard to overstate the amazing and profound effect that breathing has on our ability to relax and clear the mind, as well as affect our overall health and happiness. The foundation of any good Mind-Body and meditation practice is the Heart Breath.
The Heart Breath and is a slow, deep, regular and rhythmic breathing pattern. For most people it is a 10-12 second cycle of inhaling smoothly and slowly through your nose (5-6 seconds in) and exhaling smoothly and slowly through your nose (5-6 seconds out) in a repeated pattern. It is important that you are never straining, holding your breath or forcing air in or out. The point of the Heart Breath is to naturally increase your level of relaxation so focus on a smooth, deep and relaxed breathing cycle.
You should also allow your belly to get involved in the process. Rather than focusing your breathing in your lungs and your rib cage expanding and contracting you should try and focus on using your belly to breathe in and out. Once again do this gently and as naturally as possible at first until it becomes a normal and habitual part of your practice. A simple technique to help you with this is to visualize your stomach area and gently keep your mind’s focus there as you breathe. This will also help benefit you in emptying your mind of the day’s clutter.
We suggest you inhale or exhale through the nose if possible as this tends to get better results. If this is not possible or comfortable feel free to inhale and exhale in a manner that is best and most comfortable for you but always stay within the 10-12 second cycle time.
With a regular practice you will become more familiar and in tune with your body’s state of relaxation and with your breathing cycle. As you practice and master these techniques you will find they have very practical usage in many aspects of your daily life.
While Unyte’s programs and hardware will help you get faster and measurable results as well as make your practice more entertaining and informative; you can use these techniques anytime and anywhere to reduce your stress level or simply to relax or focus more.
As you master the Heart Breath it is available to you whenever and wherever you go. This is true whether you are dealing with a frustrating situation or person, trying to increase your focus before completing a task or simply seeking to enjoy a few moments of calm and peace in your day. Your Mind-Body practice will equip you with powerful tools you need to overcome and better deal with any situation, anytime and anywhere.