Walking in circles helps breath control
Just as an experiment, breathe in deeply now and hold your breath as you take your pulse. You will find that when you hold your breath your heart rate slows down.
Breath control uses this bodily response to calm and relax the body’s various systems, including the mind.
Walking in circles is a Buddhist practice that uses this breath control technique to make an excellent relaxation and meditation exercise.
To walk in circles first stand and breathe in deeply and slowly then breathe out as slowly as you can.
Breathing out should take about twice as long as breathing in.
As you breathe in step forward with your left foot, the step taking as long to complete as breathing in.
Step forward with your right foot as you breathe out, again taking as long to complete the step as it does to complete breathing out.
The step with the right foot as you breathe out will take almost twice as long as the step with your left foot breathing in. Remember, breathe out as slowly as you possibly can.
Go in a large circle around your room or around your backyard.
This exercise is done as slowly as possible, both the breathing and the walking. Mentally keep your mind peaceful. Settle your thoughts.
As you walk in circles spend a couple of minutes mentally affirming the reasons you love the people who are close to you.
Now that we can feel warm inside, include some people you don't like.
This exercise is wonderful therapy for your soul. Doing this exercise for just two minutes will calm down your body and your mind and fill you with a sense of wellbeing and love.
You will also be learning breath control, one of the most effective relaxation techniques.