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YOGIC BREATH FOR CALM

Connect to the Breath for Calm, Peace and Clarity

Three Ways to Access Yogic Breath for Calm

Use Yoga Breath Techniques to Calm the Mind and Nervous System

Develop Awareness

We often tend to have very busy minds which are full of thoughts, which we are not sure how to calm down. Maybe you are even experiencing quite a lot of stress or excitement in your life? This is okay – many people are!

When you learn the difference between the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight mode) and Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest mode) you can start to see which mode you are predominantly operating from. In our western society we are often functioning in ‘fight or flight mode’ – even when we do not need to be – which leads to increased stress and overload.

It is when we are able to move into ‘rest and digest’ that we are truly able to be at ease. Often we find it difficult or even impossible to switch into this easeful mode; which then creates problems in mind, body and spirit – as we have no time to truly relax and replenish.

So what can you do when you observe yourselves in moments where you feel stress or anxiety arising? Read on…

Try Belly Breathing

If we’re not aware of it, we can’t really tap out of ‘fight or flight’ mode. But as soon as we become aware of it, this is where we can make a change. So in this moment – first simply start by acknowledging, observing maybe even noticing your breath: “Oh, okay…. I’m breathing a lot here in my chest, all my breath is fairly fast, it’s quite rapid”

In any of those moments where you feel like your sympathetic nervous system is kicking in – making you feel stressed and anxious – see what happens if you simply take a few rounds of Belly Breathing,

  1. Find a comfortable seated or lying position
  2. If comfortable to, gently close your eyes and/ or place one hand on your chest, one hand on your abdomen
  3. Inhale into your belly, into your abdomen. While you inhale, feel the belly expand
  4. Exhale with a sense of release, feeling how your abdomen naturally drops back down towards the spine
  5. Every inhalation – I am inhaling in the sense of calmness. Belonging.
  6. Every exhalation. – I simply allow myself to let go, to surrender.
  7. Energetically, with every inhalation you are taking in whatever it is you need. And with every exhalation you are allow yourself to simply let go. Surrender and trust.
  8. Take as many breaths here as needed.
  9. Then simply allow the belly breathing to be released.
  10.  Notice and witness –  see how you feel now. 

Add Belly Breath to Your Toolbox

We encourage you to simply just try this technique out. Like anything we teach in yoga – you need to experience it for yourself and see if this is something that might be helpful for you.

You can do this wherever you are, at any of the day in any of those moments where you feel yourself becoming stressed or overwhelmed.

The wonderful thing is, our breath is always with us, so we don’t need anything else from the outside, this is just a tool that we have from within us. And how beautiful is that?

Bonus: Breathing Meditation

Downloadable 12 Minute Breathing Meditation with Sunny

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