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
  • Concentration
  • Better decision making
  • Greater awareness of our emotional states
  • Mindful communicating
  • Relaxation and less tension in the body.

Simple Breathing Techniques

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.

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