Let us start the new year with a more practical look on how we can build up a breathing practice.
First, why is a conscious breathing practice useful?
• we deal with stress situations in a calmer way;
• we have more energy through increased blood circulation;
• we create an inner massage that reduces daily life tensions.
With several easy exercises we can modify our physical and mental state.
You would probably be surprised if I would start my article by asking you « to breath ». You would probably think that breathing is something you do anyway and doesn’t need to be enhanced. However, breathing is the most underestimated and forgotten ability we have.
By increasing our ability to breath, we could reduce our stress level and have a healthier life.
Some times, when I give the instruction « breathe » to my client, I receive the answer « of course I’m breathing, otherwise I would be dead ». This situation brings always both of us to laugh a lot, what is good for the breathing exercise !
Respiration is a basic function: we have to breathe in order to live. It’s an automatic function too: it means we don’t need to be attentive to that, breathing happen by it self (our vegetative system takes care of the automatic breathing).
Could you take 5 minutes during the day in order to relax yourself? Sit comfortably, breathe deeply and let your head get empty? Or is the feeling of losing time so strong that it prevents you from performing such an exercise?