Thailand is known as a land of mystery and intrigue. A country travelled to for luxurious sandy white beaches, incredible food to feast on, amazing wildlife, tropical jungles, beautiful sunsets and incredibly sunny weather. From November to May many use these months in attempt to escape the frigid temperatures of their homeland. They flock to Thailand to bask in the sun and play in the warm tranquil waters of the ‘land of smiles”. However, few know that Thailand in general is a nation that is warm and sunny most all year round. Beach lovers can find beaches to scale across nearly all twelve months of the year.
There has been a secret not revealed about this amazing country. This secret is monsoon season. Even during this time of the year you can often times find your place in the sun. The droves of people are nowhere to be found. You are likely to keep this secret tucked away in the recesses of your mind for the sake of a return to visit these quiet peaceful shores. Here in the Southern regions of Thailand we share two coasts, the west coast on the Andaman and the east coast along the Gulf of Thailand. Usually during Monsoon season you can find a beach to brazen your body on, as the monsoon does not always affect these two opposing coasts at the same time.
You might ask, what is monsoon season? Gracing the doorsteps of Krabi from early August to October is the time of year when there is a seasonal change of direction of the prevailing or strongest winds of a particular region. Also bringing with it a shift in weather conditions; most times to include torrential rainfall. Winds blowing from cold to warm regions, these gusts of wind sway the rubber and palm trees, causing these tropical saplings to bow in submission to the unseen forces from above. During this time from the welkin freely flows one of the most life giving essentials to all of humanity. Air, that’s right; pure H2O. In the early morning hours I go outside to breathe in this free gift of atmosphere, which without, I would find myself leaving behind all that I love and cherish. The importance of air is not to be taken lightly. In fact it remains to be the most immediate need of the body. Let’s take a look at just a few good reasons that we should be a bit more mindful about this unseen wonder; air.
In most societies today we are seeing an ever increasing rise to cancer and stress related diseases. Learning breathing techniques can and will help to decrease and possibly free you from ever being faced with these foes. Oxygen is used to accomplish every task that lies within your body. Blood cells rich in oxygen are able to fuel the body with the proper energy to ‘fire up’ the fat burners within you. Aiding in digestion, eliminating toxins, fueling muscles, strengthening the immune system, maintaining the nervous system and help maintain an aerobic state, allowing functional performance from the most mundane to increased physical activity. If you are intentionally maintaining a proper balanced diet, exercise, rest and even balanced relationships. Consuming an abundant amount of fresh air will bring you to overall health and wellbeing.
Today, most are not actually giving themselves enough air in order to fuel their bodies properly. Smoking, airborne pollutants, lethargy, shallow breathing are only a few culprits that many wrestle with. As well as starting an intentional breathing program you will also want to be intentional about creating a proper aired breathing environment. Here are a few pointers to set sail towards the winds that heal.
- Standing with feet together, like a bird, stretch your arms out as you reach both hands up towards the sky. As you are reaching, take a deep breath in. Release the arms allowing them to gently float down to your side, as you exhale. Do this for a series of 10 breaths.
- Seated or standing, breathe in deeply to a count of 5. Exhale slowly and controlled to a count of 5. As you get more comfortable with controlled breathing begin to increase to a count of 10. Do this for 5 minutes or 20 times.
- Seated, take a slow deep inhale. Quickly exhale using the diaphragm. Do this for a series of 10 breaths.
- Lying down start by squeezing and relaxing each and every muscle from the bottom of your feet to the top of our head. Take in a deep breath for a count of 5 as you contract each muscle, filling the muscle up with blood. Exhale as you release the muscle for a count of 5. Give yourself ample time to perform this breathing technique. You’ll be glad you did.
- Perform any aerobic exercise for 5 to 20 minutes at a time. Running, tennis, dancing, etc. Whatever it is you should not be able to perform the activity and carry on a conversation at the same time. You want to be focused on getting oxygen into your body for a consistent uninterrupted period of time.
- Rapid breathing technique making a ‘ssshhhh” sound, as if you are quickly asking someone to remain quiet. Using the ‘sshhh’,’ sshhh’, sshhh’ sound you want to breath in and out from your mouth as you use your diaphragm to quickly inhale and exhale, rapidly pushing the air in and out of your body. Do this for a series of 30-50 breaths. Avoid getting light headed; this is not your goal.
- Sitting or lying down, relax your entire body. Breathe in normally and slowly. During this time place a smile on your face and begin to think pleasant thoughts. Allow your pleasant thoughts to relax your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy this technique for 5 minutes.
by Zina Docto
Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN”: Educating woman to discover their health and beauty from the inside out: overcome weight issues, sickness and disease.
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