Yoga, to me, is a set of tools that help set my body and mind right. I'm going to share one simple tool a week to help you feel better in your body, mind, and/or both. Because isn't that what we all want... to feel good? Let's begin. Tuesday's Tool: Calming Breath
Any time I read something that reminds me to take a deep breath, I do it. And I'm always amazed at how good a truly deep breath feels. It is soothing. Something my body longs for, yet I still need reminding.
Today let's focus on the Calming Breath technique. It is super simple. Inhale to four. Exhale to six. Repeat. This extending of your exhale calms your nervous system and triggers your rest-and-digest mode (versus fight-or-flight). Yes, please. I'll take more of that.
Use the Calming Breath to center yourself before an activity or adventure. You can also use it to shift into a new feeling. Overwhelmed, angry, or frustrated? Use it! Three to six rounds will help make some space between unwanted feelings and the feelings you desire most. Don't take my word for it. Test it out. Report back.
Inhale, two, three, four. Exhale, two, three, four, five, six. Inhale, two, three, four. Exhale, two, three, four, five, six. Inhale, two, three, four. Exhale, two, three, four, five, six.
Cheers to feeling good inside and out!
In Happiness + Health, Jody