The Importance of Breathing

The Importance of Breathing, try this breathing technique to decrease stress! Wow! This week has started off great! Yep, and it's only Tuesday! 

As you know....I'm pregnant. 15 weeks actually, and still I haven't gained a lot of energy back, which is kind of stinky! This week though, I started something that has rejuvenated and excited me about my home business and what I do. I started my first Private Yoga Session with a student that has been taking classes with me since April. 

I am so excited about what this journey will look like for us. I am excited to begin intertwining my faith into Yoga more and seeing what God is going to do in me and my client in these one-on-one sessions. Plus, I'm excited to see where this new journey of teaching private yoga will take me. (Stay tuned for updates on my website about what I offer as far as private yoga goes)

This week we are focusing on the Importance of Breathing, and on Friday I am sending her home with the homework of spending 2 minutes a day, in pure stillness, quietness, away from distractions (this includes a vibrating phone), and spending time to just breath! 

This may not seem like much, since hello....we breath all-day, every-day. But there's a difference in the normal breath you take, and taking time to intentionally breath. 

The Importance of Breathing

One of the primary reasons that breathing techniques that foster a long, smooth inhales and exhales (like what we practice in yoga) are so beneficial is because, when practiced correctly, they can support the parasympathetic nervous system. This in return activates what is commonly known as the “relaxation response,” reducing stress and its effects on your body and mind. As a result, your resilience in the face of challenge or adversity increases, and your mind becomes more focused and still.

So try it out! 

How to Breath:

Lie flat on your back. Knees can be bent or legs out long. Place one hand on the belly, and the other on the chest. Slowly just begin to breath normally. Allowing the body to relax. Notice the natural movement of the body. The rise and fall of the belly and chest. Then with intention, begin to expand that breath. Breathing a little deeper, and helping the chest and belly to rise a little further. Focus in on your breath, and keeping your inhales and exhales the same length.

Do this for approximately two minutes a day.

How does it make you feel? What feelings or emotions come over your mind and body? 

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