Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Breathing Peace Workshop in June!

How we breathe reflects who we are and the manner in which we express ourselves-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This workshop is a wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to improve his or her health and vitality through the breath.

Breathing also affects our state of mind.
It can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed. There is a definite connection between rate of breathing and either stress or relaxation. It is very hard to be in a complete state of stress if your breathing is slow and deep. It doesn't mean you won't encounter stressful events, but you can certainly let them take less of a physical toll on you even when you are dealing with unavoidable stressful situations by not letting your breathing put you into overload.

5 Reasons to try Conscious Breathing:

* Conscious breathing teaches us the proper way to breathe. We became used to breathing from our chest, using only a fraction of the lungs, not knowing that this unhealthy and unnatural way of inhaling may lead to several complications. With yoga breathing, we increase the capacity of our lungs, bringing more oxygen supply to the body to function well. We learn how to breathe slowly and deeply - the right way.

* Conscious breathing reduces the toxins and body wastes from within our body. It prevents one from acquiring diseases.

* Conscious breathing helps in one's digestion. With the proper way of breathing, one's metabolism and health condition will start to improve.

* Conscious breathing develops our concentration and focus. It fights away stress and relaxes the body.

* Conscious breathing also results in serenity and peace of mind.

"Take time to connect with your breath, consciously breathing, allowing your breath to be a bridge into this moment."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three Deep Breaths to Navigate Gracefully

Breathing Technique to Relax and Gain Clarity

Use your breath to navigate through the rough times easily, gracefully and masterfully. As you encounter situations throughout the day, practice taking three deep breaths before reacting. From there you can engage with reason and clarity rather than the “Why me?” and the victim mentality. Try this:

The Belly Breath

1. Put yourself in a comfortable position, and place your hands on your stomach.
2. Inhale slowly and deeply, you will feel your abdomen expand like a balloon with the navel moving away from the spine.
3. Let the abdomen fall as you release old, stale air by exhaling slowly, navel moving back towards the spine.
4. Inhale easily. Feel your abdomen expand again.
5. As you exhale, release the air out of your abdomen.

This is the natural way of breathing, like a baby’s breath. As we take time to breath we gain perspective. With perspective, we can ask “what can I learn, what is this about and what decision can I make from the drama free heart?” Breath into the part of you that knows you don’t have to take it all personally.