Just Breathe

What do you do when someone cuts in on your lane while you’re driving? Do you tear your hair out, cuss the driver or whip out a voodoo doll? Here’s a suggestion: just breathe, says yoga expert TRIZA MONTE.

You’re waiting at a bus stop. Bus approaches. Bus driver looks at you with that “there-is-no-more-space-for-you-here-and-yes-this-spot-doesn’t-count-ha-ha” look. Bus passes by without stopping. You look around for a rotten vegetable, or at least an egg, but sadly, not even a pebble can be found lying on the ground. You fume on the inside and wish the bus driver some bad luck, like a Redback spider to magically appear in his underwear.

Sounds familiar? Hopefully, not. But many city dwellers today are in a perpetual state of stress. If it’s not trains running late or petrol prices rising, there is always something that’s guaranteed to make your blood boil. Big things, small things: it doesn’t matter. Stress has become a toxic ingredient of day-to-day life.

But yoga practitioner Triza Monte says there are things you can do to ease the pain of city living. It doesn’t cost a cent and comes as natural as, well, breathing. In fact, the simple act of inhaling and exhaling – slowly – can make a big difference to your health and way of life. Here’s her advice.

Master the Savasana or the Corpse Pose

It’s no good following that oft-quoted phrase “you’ll rest when you’re dead” quite literally but you can, and should, spend a few minutes resting like you’re dead, called savasana or the corpse pose.

Step One: First, try to slow down your breath. Turn the senses inward, away from all visual and auditory stimulation. Try to eat or sit in silence and consider turning off your mobile phone.

Step Two: Lay on the floor with your knees bent, slowly inhale, and release both legs flat to the floor. Release the arms to the floor, and turn them outward, stretching them away from the shoulder blades. Rest the backs of the hands on the floor. Stay in this pose for at least five minutes, then slowly sit up (this is the corpse pose).

Yoga teacher Triza Monte. Okay, so you probably won't be able to do this kind of split on your first yoga lesson, but it is possible!

Yoga teacher Triza Monte. Okay, so you probably won't be able to do this kind of split on your first yoga lesson, but it is possible!

Easy-peasy, and it takes less than 10 minutes, no painful bending or stretching required. Without getting into the science of it, Triza says that the above approach allows your adrenal glands to function normally and release the right amount of chemicals and hormones to your body.

For example, your adrenal glands release cortisol, a hormone that helps mend the body after longer-term stress situations.

And if you live in a stressful world, says Triza, you could suffer from adrenal exhaustion so you need to help it heal naturally.

And next time you’re at a bus stop, bring your own rotten vegetable or egg from home. Or just breathe.

About Triza Monte
Triza is a certified and international yoga teacher. For more info, you can reach her on

Written by Michelle Baltazar

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