Yoga, meditation, chanting… mmmm, all great things for your body, mind and spirit. But sometimes, in the hectic rush of everyday life, thinking of bending your body into a pretzel, or even breathing slowly, can be a huge challenge. How can you possibly relax when you have bills to pay, work to do, and life to attend to?

Don’t worry. Relaxing is easy. Healing yourself and your life is not as hard as you think. You don’t need to read 20 books on self-help or sit at the feet of the guru. Remember, magic, healing, and enjoyment of life are all your natural birthrights as a human being. You just have to remember how!

In fact, did you know that you’ve already done all 84 poses of yoga before? Fetuses go through all 84 yoga poses before they are born, so we’ve all done yoga! The real yoga starts, though, when we take our first breath. Breathing is the very first step in yoga.

So if you really want to give yourself a huge gift of healing and relaxation during the day, breathe. Set aside three minutes to give yourself this gift. Turn off the phone, close the door, dim the lights, and just breathe. You can either breathe deeply and deliberately, holding inhales and exhales for several counts, or you can relax by just following your breath but exerting no effort.

Breathing not only increases circulation and oxygen in your body, but it nourishes your lungs, which according to Chinese medicine guards your chi or life force. Talk about the “breath of life” — breathing really can bring new energy, vitality, and zest into your life. You’ll feel better, think more clearly, and act from greater inspiration.

If you’ve got more than three minutes to spare, you can add even more layers to this quick “meditation” with some colored candles. Burn a sun yellow candle for more joy, bright red for more energy, light blue for more understanding, grass green for grounding and physical healing or water blue for calming and connection with your Spirit. Candles actually “push” the colors at you, so you absorb those energies without effort.

If you take a few minutes each day to breathe, be present in your body, and be connected to Life, you can say that you do yoga and meditation every day. Quantity isn’t all that counts, quality counts too. When you’re deeply present, even for a few moments every day, you can take great strides in both your physical and spiritual life!