In my efforts to ‘Get Britain Breathing’ I have devised the following Daily Breathwork Practice which I give to each f my Clients asking them to make a commitment to being ‘Breath Aware’ at the beginning of each day.
As Alan Tyson MD says , If we were able to breathe naturally for even a small percentage of the 21,000 breaths we take each day we would be taking a huge step, not only in preventing the physical problems that have become endemic in modern life, but to support our own inner growth and the awareness of who and what we really are – of our essential being.
With this in mind, I offer you the following:
Daily Breathwork Practice
• At the beginning of every day make a firm commitment to yourself to be aware of how you are breathing throughout the day. Breathe in and out through your nose, unless it is blocked.
• Every morning and evening practice 20 conscious connected breaths moving the diaphragm. Letting go
softly on the outbreath, almost as if you were signing out the breath. Energy always follows attention and by focussing the breath going into your spinal column it makes the breath more effective and it also helps to keep the mind occupied by giving it something useful to do.
It is best to do your practice sitting up with your spine straight, although if you were awake in the night is fine to do it then.
• Practice 3/5 Conscious Connected Breaths 10 times throughout the day.
Our gentle resting breath should include the diaphragm.
Upper Thoracic breathing is a stress breath.
Any upsets that occur during the day – breathe into the area where you feel the upset to be located. You can release the energy in the breath.
It is best when working not to concentrate for periods longer than one and a half to two hours. Have a small break after this time and take a few conscious, connected breaths. If possible have a good stretch, before returning to what you were doing. You will feel refreshed and have created space in your mind to allow inspiration to come in.
• Create trigger points throughout the day that remind you to breathe consciously, eg before eating, taking a shower, when you get in your car, when you indicate whilst driving etc.
• 3 x Alternative nostril breaths per day will also be of great benefit.
It balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This breath is known as the ‘Master’ breath (Swami Ram Dev)