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.