Ahh, what sounds more comfortable than to simply be still, quiet and breathe? Especially now! Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet in light of the holiday season being upon us, only adding to our already busy lives, this simple technique is rarely practiced. Many of us are running around trying to get everything done all while holding our breath… or at the very least, not breathing fully. Pause. Take a few deep breaths and renew. ” The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol (the stress hormone) from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress” (Yoga Alliance). My gift to you is the 5-Minute Deep Relaxation visualization below. Find a comfortable seated or lying position, close your eyes and enjoy! Recommended dosage: at least daily.