Keep breathing…

Breathing. It’s something we do without really thinking. Yet most of the time, I know my breathing is way too shallow, and that when I am stressed, I tend to hold my breath.

One of the reasons I love yoga is the feeling of having opened a window and aired my body due to the focus on deep, abdominal breathing.

It’s actually surprising the difference something so seemingly insignificant and easy to incorporate can have!

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, the 4-7-8 breath demonstrated here can be used as a tool to deal with the following:

  • Controlling a reaction to something upsetting.
  • Dealing with anxiety or tension.
  • Helping you fall asleep.
  • And even to deal with food cravings.

“Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.”
Andrew Weil, M.D.”

Another method is breathwalking. The 4 minute video below explains how you can consciously match the steps you take while walking with your breath. I have started integrating this into my life and am loving it!

As a first step, I would start by becoming aware of the way you breathe. Are you breathing deeply, from the abdomen? What situations make you hold your breath or breathe in a more shallow way?

Then I would try integrating the two breathing exercises above – the 4-7-8 technique as a means of dealing with specific stressful situations and breathwalking simply as a way of being more aware of your breathing on a daily basis.

What about you, are there any breathing techniques that you find useful?

 

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6 Comments

  • Hiba on Feb 03, 2013 Reply

    Great that you are giving it a try Sandra – let me know how it goes!

  • Sandra on Feb 02, 2013 Reply

    My hubby and I are going to try it!

  • Hiba on Feb 01, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jamileh! yes, please let me know how it goes for you, I think it is really worth trying! I hope you are well :)

  • jamileh on Feb 01, 2013 Reply

    Seems very very interesting. want to try it and will let you know. thanks for sharing.

  • Berenice on Jan 31, 2013 Reply

    Breathing classes (sophrologie) helped me acknowledge the power of how breathing calmly can relax you and help you focus on what is important ! We too often tend to forget That breathing is key to Enjoy every moment of Life , and take good conscious of what is around us: a tree, a color, a person , everything That i love !

    • Hiba on Jan 31, 2013 Reply

      Béré – j’ai beaucoup pensé à toi en écrivant cet article et à tout le bien que la sophr te fait!

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