The Magic of the Simple Breath.
Breath – it is freeing and anchoring – at the same time. – My breath is my ticket out of madness, out of my projections into the future and sojourns into the past. My conscious breath is the feeling of coming home to myself – and being fully where I am with all of my senses engaged. Breath helps me to corral my thoughts and emotions which can run rampant, like a bull in a china shop. It helps me to understand why a comment stings, or makes my chest swell with joy. It helps me to understand that I am making judgments of people, situations, strangers based on a story I have told myself. Most importantly, my breath brings me back to consciously living my life, in the only time and place it matters – right NOW in the present moment.
Breath is powerful. It quiets the mind and literally brings peace and calm. Our quest for happiness, and healthiness – the breath can be an effective tool that is TOTALLY free.
Dealing with Anger or other strong emotions: Take 10 deep breaths, making the exhale longer than the inhale. You will arrive at clarity (if that is what you desire)
Dealing with Happiness and other glowing emotions: Take 3 deep breaths and mentally record every aspect of the experience
Dealing with Anxiety and other fearful emotions: Try the 4-7-8 Breath, taught by Dr. Andrew Weil. Inhale for four counts, hold for 7 counts and exhale for 8 counts. Repeat 4 times. (keep tip of tongue pressed between the two front teeth for the whole exercise). Your body cannot hold anxiety when you do this exercise
Dealing with cravings: Become conscious of your breathing, as you begin to check in to see what “feeling” you are looking to experience - comfort, safety, love?
Just remember - your peace, clarity and serenity is always easily accessible, just below your nose.
Sharon MacGregor, is a Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, mother of 2 teenagers and a corporate refugee. She has re-claimed her health with food and yoga. She started the company Serene Serendipity Wellness to help women who have been side-tracked by life, rediscover their health, vitality and lust for life. She is an avid foodie, committed to the Farm to Fork movement, and supports local Farmers Market. www.sereneserendipity.com
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Please Note: I do not provide the services of a licensed dietician or nutritionist, therapist or psychologist. Information received should not be seen as medical or nursing advice and is not meant to take the place of seeing licensed health professionals. Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program including yoga.