A SIMPLE BREATH
Our breath is our life. Our prana, chi, cycle of ins and outs. It calms us, excites us, grounds us, balances us and is our stability and our place of solace.
Most often times we don't even think about our breath...going about our day...running from here to there. We may become more conscious of our breath during exercise (I see you RiseNation) when we are desperately trying to catch our breath, or during love making when our breath becomes sticky and heavy or we might notice how short and quick our breath becomes during a panic attack.
But rarely do we notice our breath during the everyday. The mundane. The b o r i n g everyday run of the mill moment (there never is truly a dull moment, but I'm trying to make a point here) has "nothing" to do with our breath right? However, it is in these moments that we can find stillness and practice the art of "tuning in" at any given moment.
This may seem simple. Beginner. Easy. Green.
And it is.
But it is also extremely helpful in calming the breath, calming the mind and refocusing attention and awareness. And it takes 1 minute.
I have my students and clients do this for about 2 minutes at the beginning of most classes and sessions.
--S I M P L E B R E A T H--
1- Find yourself wherever you are.
2- Set your timer for 1-2 mins.
2- Close your eyes (if that doesn't feel good leave em open!).
3- Feel your body begin to settle in and release.
4- Allow your breath to begin to slow.
5- Slowly inhale to the count of 4. Visualizing or hearing 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 in your mind.
6- Slowly exhale to the count of 4. Visualizing or hearing 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 in your mind.
When your alarm goes off slowly come back and begin to move back into your day.
This exercise when done throughout the day allows us to quickly tap back into our Self for a check in and a reset. It is a nice way to calm the nervous system and adrenals and allow for release of tension and stress. Happy breathing.