THE BREATH YOU BREATHE
Our breath is automatic, involuntary and continuous. We do not have to consciously think about it. Focusing on our breath is a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety. A few deep breaths can be all it takes to bring calm and relaxation to our body and mind.
Despite two decades of practising yoga and countless self-development courses, workshops and seminars, a great deal of my adult life has been spent seeking answers outside of myself. It wasn’t until my yoga practice shifted from perfecting poses to focusing on the breath, that I developed greater self-awareness. A daily breath work practice has been life changing for me.
In the beginning there was a deep breath!
When a baby is born, its first act (after expelling fluid from his or her lungs) is to take a deep breath. Then comes the cry that he or she is alive.
On average adults, when resting, breathe about 12-20 times per minute. Over the course of a day, that adds up to a whopping 17,000 to 30,000 breaths per day! Babies and young children breathe more than this.
Focusing on our breath is a free and readily accessible tool for us all. A regular breath awareness practice, can not only reduce our stress response, but can also promote:
- Overall health and vitality
- Mood control
- Better decision making
- Greater awareness of our emotional states
- Mindful communicating
- Relaxation and less tension in the body.
Practicing simple breathing techniques doesn’t take up a lot of time. A daily practice, ideally for 5 to 10 minutes is all that is required, but any length of time is beneficial.
Once you achieve this simple technique then there are other breathing exercises to explore. Kundalini yoga uses a range of breath exercises to achieve different states of wellbeing and relaxation.
Bringing our bodies back in to homeostasis and committing to our own wellness, is key to a lasting vibrant health and happiness.
Reduce your stress and make your health and wellbeing a priority.
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