The Power of the Breath

Breathing is such an unconscious process that we are often unaware of our breath. Our breath is everything! Our breathing pattern informs us of our emotional state. when we are content and feeling good we don’t tend to notice our breath because our breath is even and calm. However when we feel stress or fear we can feel a shortness of breath or a tightness in our chest which can hinder our breathing. Learning to control our breathing during times of stress enables us to manage our stress more effectively. Just by controlling our breathing we can gain greater control of our emotions, thoughts and ways of being. Who’d have thought it could be that easy and its free! Oxygen is the element that the body craves in order to refresh and renew. Oxygen cleanses the body, every cell of the body in fact, and allows the removal of stale energy by the release of carbon dioxide. This very action naturally relaxes the body and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) can go back into the rest and digest state (parasympathetic) or I prefer to use the term ‘the healing room’. Just by practising 3 deep breaths twice a day you can train your subconscious mind to switch to the healing room of your ANS instead of remaining in the flight, fight, or freeze (sympathetic) part of the ANS or as I call it ‘the emergency room. With self discipline to practice 3 breaths when you go to bed and 3 breaths when you first wake in the morning you are taking charge of your mental well being. Yes you…so if you want take responsibility for your health and well being begin doing this exercise twice a day. Imagine you have a balloon in your belly and it can be any colour you choose. when you are ready breathe in through your nose to a slow count to 4, then hold it for a moment, and then slowly release the air through your nose to the count of 8, just like this…..1…….2…….3…….4……hold……..5…….6…..7….8….9…10….11….12 Imagine that you are filling up your balloon and then letting all the air out of the balloon. You might find that by focusing on your balloon blowing up and down that your diaphragm is beginning to loosen and all the muscles in your solar plexus become softer. the more you practice the better the outcome.

Three breaths twice a day. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?

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