The breath is such an amazing gift. As people in modern life we rarely utilise and use the breath to its full potential. Through the practice of mindful breathing you can reconnect to this amazing giver of life and vitality. Bringing new energy and a deeper sense of connectedness and wellbeing.
There are many simple methods you can practice in daily life to help reconnect you to your breath.
Try this simple one now, Gently close your eyes and bring your attention to the breath flowing in and out of the nostrils. Keep your attention here for a few breaths, simply feeling the sensations of the breath in and out of the nose. Then, start to follow your breath into the body, allowing the tummy and chest to rise and fall with ease, letting the breath be natural and relaxed. Stay here for a few breaths just noticing where the breath begins and ends, notice the quality of the breath, is it shallow or deep, fast or slow, just noticing with out judgement.
What did you notice about your breath? Often in stressful times we will take short shallow breaths in and out of the chest, whereas when we are relaxed our breath is longer on the exhale and comes from the diaphragm. By bringing awareness to your breath you tune into your body and its healing power. It can help you to relax in stressful times, create the perfect start for meditation and help to identify any underlying health issues. Check out the diagram below which highlights the diaphragm and where you best breath is created. Remember, breath is the link between body, mind and soul.