Breathe. In. And out. In. And out. So everybody is still alive after the holidays – that’s great.
Last Friday I published the lazy guide to being enough in 2015 – most of you were too lazy to bother reading – perfectly understandable really as I haven’t torn myself too far away from the pool or the yoga mat over the holidays.
But I have started well when it comes to focusing on my word of the year –BREATHE– being kind of necessary I figure I can’t break this particular resolution, but I can get better at breathing, make my respiration really count.
In this spirit I’ve written a post for DoYouYoga, which I’ll share next week, with ten ways to breathe better – different mindful breathing techniques, some from yoga, that teach you how to be conscious about every breath you take.
Yogis (well many of us) believe we are born with a certain number of breaths – which makes breathing slowly, deeply and meaningfully all the more important – you aren’t in a hurry are you?
Did you know: Our maximum lung capacity is about 3 litres, yet we only breathe in and out (our tidal flow) about 500ml or 1/2 a litre.
We all know how life-saving a few deep breaths can be when the kids are driving us cray cray, when we are about to head into an important meeting or when we are waiting on some critical news.
What if we could take that feeling of how consciously breathing makes such a difference in stressful situations to become more conscious of breathing every day?
In 2015 I want to inhale with gratitude – you know deep, heart-cracking-open breaths and let out with loud, contented sighs.
In 2015 I want to breathe with grace – using a breath as a pause point in a conversation to make sure I’m really listening and then thinking about what I want to say (or thinking better of saying it).
I want to inhale love and exhale forgiveness.
I want to breath peace – in and out.
This year I want to use conscious breathing to psyche myself up for challenges and to breath through difficult times.
I want to take big breaths that come with leaps of faith, and great gulps of air that suck in the joy of life, breathing out with so much thanks.
I want to find that quiet stillness in holding my breath and see it as a silent place of possibility and power.
I hope you can join me in breathing in, out, with and through 2015 by really being aware of the power of breathing – as though your life depended on it!
Because it does.
Now here’s one breathing exercise you can try – try it with the kids too. It’s called humming bee breathing. Sit in a comfortable position and place your index fingers onto the cartilage of your ears (against your cheek) to block out external sounds, inhale and make a constant, high-pitched bee-humming sound as you exhale. You can press your fingers in and out, or leave your fingers pressed in. This pattern can be repeated 6- 7 times. The kids will love it and together the whole family can create a calming chorus in a humming hive. This is instantly calming and great for letting go of anger.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for the first IBOT of the year and hoping you can breathe easy in 2015. Let me know – how conscious are you of your breathing? Do you have any go-to breathing techniques for when you are stressed?
PS – You probably missed the guided meditation I made for you to help you embrace and make the changes you need in 2015 from a place of acceptance and worthiness. Bookmark it for when you’ve got some quiet time (it’s 10 minutes). Would love your feedback.