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Breathwork - A simple technique.




Our breath is always with us. It brings us back to the present moment and helps calm and regulate our autonomic nervous system (ANS). It is a powerful way to relieve stress, heighten performance and concentration. In this day and age, our systems are being stressed more than ever, so a simple reminder to breathe can be more powerful than you know. My personal journey of working with my breath was facilitated through injury, in which becoming aware of it was all that got me through at times. Since then, I've leant into exploring and developing a practice in breath work which has been an integral aspect to the healing process.

One of my go to techniques is called box breathing. It's highly effective and accessible. It's used by athletes, navy seals and medical professionals to name a few. If you are new to breathing consciously, then I recommend sitting or lying down as there is potential for dizziness and best to do so with someone around or go to a class (Jeff at BreathArmy has an abundance of offerings and some free guided breath work offerings) . If dizziness occurs, please allow normal breathing to resume before returning to the breathing technique or to your daily life.

Now that you're comfortable, let's breathe:


In for ... 1 2 3 4 ...

Hold ... 1 2 3 4 ...



Out ... 1 2 3 4 ...


Hold ... 1 2 3 4 ...

In ... 1 2 3 4 ...


Hold ... 1 2 3 4 ...

Out ... 1 2 3 4 ...


Hold ... 1 2 3 4 ...


For best results, repeat this cycle twice more to complete four total. Then when you relax control of your breath, take a moment to notice how you're feeling. Notice sensations and the shift in mental state. Know that practice is your friend and coming back to it daily (as much as needed/wanted) provides you with the best results that you'll notice in the long term.

One breath at a time, you have what it takes to reprogram your system. It simply takes a combination of desire, discipline, awareness and focus. Stay open and curious; change your habits to change your life.



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"Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy."

~ Isaac Newton


 

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