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.