Breathe is fundamental, vital and nevertheless we carry only little attention on our breath on a daily basis. We become aware when we are short of breath after an effort but are you conscious when you are quiet? When you feel good? Or when something puts you under stress? Do you feel these various breaths in you?
I here wish to share with you breathing exercises which will be useful for you to better feel your feelings, to deal with a stress, to calm down or to bring you energy. This exercise will take you only a few minutes a day. Let’s try!
Here is the 1st exercise to have a practice twice during 1 week:
You can practice standing up, feet anchored well in the ground ; or sitting, your back straight but not still.
1/Relax your jaw, drop shoulders, Become aware of the position of your body, and feel your breath: 10 seconds
2/Breath out completely by the mouth, making a small whoosh sound.
3/Close the mouth and breath in by the nose, to a mental count of four
4/ Hold your breath for a count of seven.
5/ Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Repeat this cycle 4 times in all.
If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4-7-8 for the three phases.
If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, just come back to your normal breath for a moment and it will pass.
Practice regularly, every day and note the effects without judging yourself. You are what you are, you feel what you feel