Notice where in your body you feel your breath. Is it in your belly or chest? Does your breath feel shallow or deep? Take a minute and observe.
Slow, deep breathing has been shown to help calm the nervous system and mind. If you’ve ever done yoga, gone scuba diving, or taken deep breaths before a big speech or performance, you know what an impactful tool it can be. Sage Rader of Breath Church is offering daily breathwork classes in case you are ready to dive into the world of breathwork.
If that sounds premature, here’s a quick and easy yogic breathing technique that can be done anywhere to calm your nervous system. It’s called alternate nostril breathing (here’s an explanatory video).
1. Plug your right nostril and inhale through your left.
2. Switch to plug your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
3. Inhale through your right nostril.
4. Switch to plug your right nostril and exhale through the left one.
5. Inhale left, switch, exhale right. Inhale right, switch, exhale left.
6. Continue for a few rounds.
This should leave you feeling more relaxed and ready to tackle the day ahead of you. Give it a go and let me know.
Until tomorrow, breathe easy.
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- The New York Times did a great interactive piece showing how virus droplets travel and why social distancing is so important. Check it out – and make sure you save the deep breathing practices for your home space.