By: Coach Nettie
Breathing nurtures mindfulness, rejuvenates the body, steadies the emotions and creates clarity of mind. Here we present 8 mini meditations that you can perform at any part of your day, anywhere.
There is a proverb that says “Life is in the breath, and he who only half breaths half lives.” Humans can only live without doing it for a few minutes. It provides the oxygen to our blood stream that brings life to our entire body. However, most of us never pay attention to how we breath, letting our breathing patterns control us. When breathing is performed in one of these controlled manners, below, it has the power to alleviate anxiety, quiet a busy mind, and rejuvenate one’s mental state.
Once you get the feel for belly breathing, you do not have to be sitting down for the preceding exercises. You should be able to perform these anytime, anywhere- while shopping, working, or playing. Repeat them as frequently and as many times as needed.
BASIC TECHNIQUE- BELLY BREATHING: This basic technique is the foundation from which all preceding exercises are built. You may find wearing loose or elastic waist-clothing which allows the belly to expand is more comfortable. Practice this basic technique a few times before practicing the exercises. Tune in to the natural feeling of the breath moving in, filling up your belly and then leaving your body.
NECK AND SHOULDERS RELEASE:
BREATHING TO A COUNT:
TENSE, HOLD, RELEASE: