Do you feel stress or have a difficult time gathering your thoughts during or after a busy day? You’re not alone because stress is the number one cause of disease and unfortunately there are a lot of sick people out there. Everyone deals with stress, anxiety and nervous energy differently. Next time you feel any of the aforementioned, immediately check in with your breath. There are simple breathing techniques you can practice anywhere to let your burdens turn light. Meditation begins with your breath by establishing a mind body connection. Mind chatter starts to diminish with each breath and your inner voice resonates naturally, clearly and mindfully. It only takes about 4 deep breathes to completely relax. Count each breath for 6 seconds or until your lungs are full and then exhale slowly.
A great place to practice breathing is sitting on the bus or the Seabus. Today I went to North Van and recharged my whole body, mind and spirit from breathing deeply on the Seabus. It was beautiful seeing the sunlight reflecting on the waves while Vancouver’s skyline faded off into view. With each breath I brought in strength for myself and gratitude for my surroundings. I thought of all the people who have worked hard to build this city. With each exhale I felt inspired to continue putting in my best effort’s for the better of myself and mankind. When you breathe deeper, you think deeper.
Try this ancient Tibetan Breathing Technique anywhere you want!
- Sit comfortably with your spine straight and your feet apart and flat on the floor.
- Close your eyes or focus your gaze on one spot.
- Turn your left hand palm upwards on your left knee, connect your thumb and index finger to form a circle, keep your other 3 fingers extended and straight.
- Place your right hand, palm flat, directly below your belly button.
- Inhale through your nose. Follow your breath up your from your nose and over your head. Continue down your spine until you reach your tailbone.
- Contract your butt muscles and clinch your sphincter.
- Pursing your lips together (like whistling), exhale from your mouth, release your butt muscles and sphincter, push your breath up the front of your body with your belly muscles.
- Perform a second breath.
- Now, move your right hand to your heart or anywhere else where you have pain or discomfort.
- Perform two more breathes, for a total of 4 inhale/exhales.
By: Hillary Ross