There is no other force in our modern lives more responsible for off-setting the natural mind/body balance like stress. Responding to constant stress has our shoulders tense, our backs clenched and our jaws locked. Undue stress puts strain on our hearts, increases our blood pressure, affects our capacity to think and act clearly and disrupts sleep patterns. Stretching the mind/body by means of conscious expansion, rather than force, is an excellent way to regain body harmony, peace and balance. Here are a few simple ways of stretching that can help eliminate stress. Take a deep breath, exhale, and read on.