do you want to be more relaxed?

How often do you take notice of your breath? Unless you are a practitioner of yoga or a martial art I would hazard a guess at very little!

We take our first breath on entering this world and we take our last breath on our death bed (sorry to remind you of this it’s pretty obvious 🙂 ) in between those moments it is our constant companion through thick and thin, your breath rate and depth of breath changes due to physical exertion but also it reflects your psychological and emotional state  in fact it is intrinsically linked.

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When we are stressed or excited your breath will be quicker and shallower and pulled up into your upper chest, when we are relaxed it will tend to be slower and deeper and located in you lower belly.

So what does this mean for us?

You can in fact override this natural breath cycle and change your emotional state at will by firstly becoming aware of how you are breathing and then using an easy breathing technique to change it.

Try this simple technique next time you are feeling anxious or stressed.

6,4,8 breath ( snazzy title 🙂 )

  • Quickly note where in your body you are breathing into (probably the chest)
  • Slowly start to take control of your breath and bring that breath into the belly
  • Take a long deep inhale for the count of 6 into your expanding belly
  • Hold that breath for a count of 4
  • Now exhale for a count of 8, imagine letting go of tension on the exhale
  • Inhale again for a count of 6 into the belly
  • Hold for 4
  • Exhale for 8 and repeat for as long as you want or need too.
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With this practice you are consciously breathing into the belly and this is where you naturally breath when relaxed, you are also extending your exhale which again will calm relax the nervous system.

Keep breathing Much love Evergreenyogi x

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