AN EXCERPT - breathwork series + audio
Changing the way we breathe can have a major impact on how we feel emotionally. Our bodies and minds cope with enormous amounts of stress and pressure on a daily basis. Connecting with the healing, calming part of our bodies - the parasympathetic nervous system - can help increase the strength and resilience of our stress response system.
This series is going to introduce you to accessible ways to work with your breath to create a positive impact on your mental well being.
Today, part 1 focuses on mental stimulation, clarity and energy. There are many routes to focus and energy through breath. I've chosen the "Ha" breath as an easy 1 or 2 minute practice. Try this when feeling:
- sluggish, low in mood or energy
- finding difficulty with focus and concentration
- disconnected from your power
- questioning your strength
- discouraged or tired
1. Breathe in through your nose deeply
2. Exhale while saying "Ha!" loudly
3. This is a fast breath, approximately one breath per second
Try this for 15 repetitions or for 1 to 2 minutes.
This breath can also be done with an easy movement for greater impact. Stand up straight and bring your arms to your sides, bent at the elbows, palms up on the inhale, and thrust your arms forward while flinging the stress and tension from your fingers on the "Ha".
Close your eyes, and notice what has happened in your body, and how you feel.
This practice was taught to me by the doctors at Breath-Body-Mind.