Learn greater body awareness of your chest, lung and heart health. To do this exercise, sit down and close your eyes. Take a moment to notice any sensations you have in and around the chest area. The chest is home to the lungs, diaphragm, heart, spine, esophagus and other organs. You may experience each of these organs in different ways. Write down your answers to these questions:
- Do you have any muscle tension in the chest or shoulder area? Is your sternum lifted or dropped? Are your shoulders back or forward?
- What does the air feel like as it hits your throat? What do your lungs feel like? Do you have any soreness in the throat area? Do you ever feel breathlessness, congestion, or constriction? Is your breath labored or heavy? Do you feel or hear any wheezing or or crackling noises as you breath? What is your breath rate?
- Do you have any congestion? Do you wake up with congestion?
- What does your heart feel like? Can you feel it beating at the top of your breath? What emotions are in your heart? Do you feel any heaviness in this area? Do you feel any pain? If you feel pain, contact a medical doctor.
- How does your heart feel after mild exercise, such as going up and down the stairs? Or atfter doing 10 jumping jacks? How does this affect your breath?
- What does your spine feel like? Is their tension or pain in your back?
- Esophagus - Do you have any burning sensations in this area?
Note that some conditions of the chest can be life threatening. If you are at risk of serious heart or respiratory conditions, please check with your doctor before trying these exercises. Please check any symptoms with a qualified medical professional. This home checkup is not a substitute for assessment by a qualified medical professional.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.