Pausing and taking deep breaths on a regular basis is a beautiful practice and there are a ton of benefits.
Benefits of Deep Breathing:
- more oxygen to the brain and body
- more alert
- increased confidence
- less stress
- reduction in blood pressure
Most of you probably do not spend your whole day sitting or standing up tall.
You might be hunched over a computer or a sewing machine, picking up little kids or slouching in line at the grocery store. Because of this, you are not taking deep breaths which lessens the amount of oxygen going to your brain.
By taking short breaks to take deep breaths you can increase your alertness and feel a whole heck of a lot better!
Sit up tall, you can do this lying down at the beginning or end of your day also.
Relax your shoulders.
Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.
Let go of tension.
Let go of your morning.
Let go of your day.
Let go of anything that is not serving you.
Begin to breathe only through your nose.
Allow your inhales to go all the way into your belly. This may be challenging at first. We are used to taking shallow breaths that do not go much deeper than the chest. Begin to notice your ribcage expand with each deep breath. Place one hand on your belly. Feel your belly expand with each inhale. Gently draw your belly back towards your spine as you exhale.
Focus on allowing each inhale becoming deeper than the one before and each exhale longer than the one before.
Continue for 5 breaths, 10 breaths, 1 minute, the length of a song, the length of an article you are reading, a commercial break, the drive to pick your kids up from school.
Notice how good you feel! Notice how deep your breaths are compared to the earlier ones. Enjoy this good feeling.
Pause and take deep breaths any time you need a little pick me up!
I created this video about deep breathing back when I lived in Chicago and taught yoga full-time. It is an oldie but a goodie. Enjoy!