Sounds fairly simple doesn’t it? A quick intake of air and release …
But is what you have just done, that quick little draw of air in and even faster release, really benefiting your body?
Next time you are feeling a bit tired, stop. Take 12 slow, deep breaths, breaths that go all the way to the bottom of your stomach. This inflates your lungs beyond the rib cage, filling the larger parts of the lungs. When the lungs are fully filled, more oxygen is made readily available to the body.
If you feel tired or fatigued, stop. Take 10 slow, deep breaths, breaths that go the pit or bottom of your stomach. This extends the lungs beyond the rib cage, filling the larger portions of the lungs. When the lungs are filled fully, more oxygen is available to the body.
First, try a stimulating breath, which is taking several quick breaths in a row in through the nose.
Next, lets try a breathing exercise to help you relax. Exhale through your mouth, then close your mouth and inhale through the nose and count to 4. Next, hold your breath and count to 7 then exhale through your mouth for a count of 8; This is just one full one breath cycle.
In addition to the above, why not try a little counting while breathing exercise?
Count “one” as you exhale then count to “two” on the following exhale, “three” on the next exhale, and so on all the way up to five. Never count past five. To begin a new cycle, start at one again.
Ok – now that you have mastered the art of conscious breathing … it is time to put these exercises to work. Next time you are running late and starting to feel a little stressed … try to do the relaxing breathing exercise. It only takes a few minutes and trust me, you will feel much calmer when done.
Remember – you can breathe your way to better health!
Right! That is all we have time for today.
See you at your next session at Mindful Movements!