As we continue to explore why more and more people are shallow breathing right now,
or breathing in that “fight or flight” mode – we want to discover the different types of breathing that will assist during your different emotional states throughout the day.
We already know that improper breathing over time wreaks havoc on our health - both emotionally and physically. In my previous two posts I covered why breath work is so important and you were introduced to “Neutral Breathing.”
Today we will cover the “GROUNDING BREATH”: This breath is mainly used to help you fall asleep, OR get back to sleep. Sometimes it might be needed during the day if someone has really “pushed all your buttons” and you can't talk yourself down, but please use it mindfully and sparingly in that case.
Basics to remember prior to doing any breathing exercises:
GROUNDING BREATH: Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose. Inhale to a count of four, but exhale to a count of eight. After ten rounds your heart rate and blood pressure should drop as you stimulate your parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system.
For all of you who are dealing with increased anxiety, insomnia, or just can't shut your brain off at night, I hope you'll give this a try and let me know how it goes! I use this breath often when I wake up at night – it works!
Did you know right now a lot of people are breathing in a "fight or flight mode?"
All. Day. Long. This mode is also known as “shallow breathing.” This pattern of breathing occurs throughout most of our work day and we're not even aware of it! Over time this will wreak havoc on our overall state of health.
Did you know that proper breathing can decrease your heart rate, lower cortisol levels, boost digestion, change the pH of your blood, and help with your quality of sleep at night?
In a previous post I covered why breath work is so important. In this post I'd like to introduce you to one (out of three) specific types of breathing that will help you in different types of situations throughout your day. Let's get started with the first one that we will call “Neutral Breathing.” (The next two types will be covered in my next two posts)
Basics to remember prior to doing any breathing exercises.
Sit upright in a chair with your spine straight, OR lie down on the floor with your knees bent. Relax your body: Your shoulders, your jawline, your neck. Place one or both hands on your lower belly. Close your eyes.
NEUTRAL BREATHING can be your “go to” practice, it's always a good option any time you
need balance. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your nose. Inhale to the count of
four and exhale to the count of four. Slow and steady. Repeat this 10 times or more.
This count is half your normal rate of breathing. Let your belly and lungs really fill up and
bulge out like a balloon, making sure not to lift your shoulders. They should remain in a neutral
position for the most part. IF you're feeling down, this neutral breath will bring you back up. IF you're feeling a bit too hyped, this breath will help bring you back down.
Please give this a try and let me know how you feel! It is my “go to” breath now. All. Day. Long.
Just Breathe. How many times have we heard that? Sounds simple, right?
Well maybe not, join me in taking a closer look at a newer, popular trend: Breath work.
Did you know that 90% of us are using less than 50% of our breathing capacity?
Yes, most of us are “shallow” breathing throughout our day and don't even realize it.
When I'm at my desk racing through emails and feeling time pressures, I find myself either
holding my breath or tensing my neck and shoulders and breathing mainly from my upper chest.
Did you know this is a very ineffective way to breathe? If I asked you to stop right now and
take a really deep breath, chances are good you would lift up your shoulders as you do a long,
deep inhale. NOT EFFECTIVE. “Optimal” breathing starts down in our bellies and works its
way up. Our belly will expand like a balloon that's being blown up. Our shoulders barely need to move.
So what's the big deal you ask? Shallow breathing does not fuel our bodies
with adequate oxygen and energy. Your breath is a sure fire way to dive deep into your state of health, and improve your health if you've plateaued.
If you're lacking energy in your body, you need only look into your breathing patterns.
Your breath affects everything! Your mental clarity, digestion, metabolism, how your cells function, circulation, and sleep. In “yogi” terms, the formal practice of controlling our breath is called “Pranayama.” This is the source of our prana, or “vital life force.”
So in conclusion, if you want to optimize your health, enjoy more consistent energy levels throughout your day, and improve your overall performance, then learn how to optimize your breath. Optimal breathing will give you mental clarity, thus helping you manage your emotions and provide you with a steady flow of energy.
Would you like to learn more and start an amazing breathing journey with me?
There's almost nothing worse than feeling like you have no control over a particularly stressful life event or situation. In this post I will cover specific things you can do that will bring you relief. Guaranteed.
First, let's note that feeling the need to be in control is from our ego and from a space of fear, which leads to dis-empowerment. One sure way to find relief is to shift our focus – from “external” to “internal.”
Remember, the more we try to change our external circumstances, the more powerless we become. Let me repeat.......the more we try to change our external circumstances, the more powerless we become!
The only reason we feel out of control is because we have a certain expectation and things aren't lining up the way we “think” they should.
This is true in every single situation. It's a tough pill to swallow I know, but remember, the only thing over which we have complete control is our “thinking” and how we choose to manage our emotions.
When we choose to “let go” of our expectations and “trust” the process, we immediately feel a sense of relief, knowing that life is going to unfold the way it's meant to unfold anyway, whether we like it or not. The sooner we “get out of the way” the better.
When we let go of wanting to control, something magical happens deep inside of us. We shift from a space of fear into a space of love. Fear and love cannot co-exist.
Once we shift from what's going on (wrong) outside of us (fear) to how we feel internally (love) we move from fight or flight mode to that creative space where all of our answers live. This is truly magical and gets us into our zone of genius, and who doesn't want that?