If there is one simple game-changer, it’s this.

Breath is the umbilical cord to the universe.
— atanjali, the father of modern Yoga
If there is one thing to take away from my sessions, learn to breathe correctly”
— Joseph Pilates

What they both meant was, if we can stay connected and relaxed with natural respiration, we can stay connected to everything that’s happening around us without the hijack’s, the spiralling rabbit holes, breath is the pause button. You know what I’m talking about? 

On a mental level,  a regular breath practice gives us control back of our ‘monkey’ mind.  On the psychological level, breath supply’s every cell with oxygen or they die.  Stress narrows our breath to mere sips, so we barely get enough or barely notice that our brain shrivels, are shoulders hunch are posture ebbs away along with energy.   

Everyday I was being yanked by my own neurotic nervous system, I had no idea that my decisions were not actually my decisions. That the choices I was making were based on my nervous system glitching out, on the fritz like loose wires in a socket.  No wonder life felt hard, fragmented.  Breath takes us into the moment, it’s the reality check, the giver of space.  It draws us out of the past -  ‘what if’s’, and  holds us back from all future planning  - ‘if I just get this done’.  These are the story’s we tell ourselves,  our unrealities.  Learn to breath and see reality.

What is a breath practice? Where to start?   

There are some amazing and incredible breath practices to train your mind, calm the nervous system and transport you far away, Vim Hoff, Holotypic Breath Work.   Breath to help you sleep, breath to help you focus, breath to take you intergalactic.  

Today start with BOX Breathing. 

The Navy SEALs use “Box Breathing” technique.   It trains them to relax under stressful conditions. Try it if you’d like, but you don’t even need to get that fancy—just breathe slower, deeply, smoothly, for three minutes. Your whole world will be better for it.

The Box Breathing app:  is the simplest and most effective breath trainer I have found so far.

10 mins a day.  I started at 5 sec inhale and 5 sec exhale its where Joseph Pilates started us all out at.  But I am now up to 12 sec  inhale and 12 sec exhale.  Let me know how you go.  Start where you are comfortable and build it up.  You can train it anywhere, you don’t have to look like an Om-ing nut-job.  Just quietly inhale and exhale…it feels so good.

For sure…

  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Increases Learning and Skill Development
  • Increases Focus and Attention
  • Increases Energy
  • Improves Immune System
  • Clears the Mind
  • Enhances Arousal Response
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Decreases Shallow Breathing
  • Increase Awareness
  • Improves Discipline
  • Helps regulate Nervous System
  • Reduces Stress
  • Calms Nerves
  • Improves Meditation


Blog by Holly Murray

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