by Judith Davis of Spinal Breath
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 and our inter-connectedness with everything
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. 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.
- Every morning and evening practice 20 conscious connected breaths moving the diaphragm. Allowing the breath 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.
- Focussing the breath into the spinal column is a gentle but powerful way of creating balance in the body. Imagine that your spine is breathing.
- Practice 3/5 Conscious Connected Breaths 10 times throughout the day.
Even our gentle resting breath should include the diaphragm.
Upper Thoracic breathing is a stress breath.
- Any upsets that occur during the day –notice how you are breathing – if the breath is shallow start to breathe into the diaphragm area of your body – this will release the stress and help you to regain your equilibrium.
- It has been proven that we lose concentration after a period of approximately 2 hours without a break. Have a small break after this time and take a few conscious, connected breaths. If possible have a good stretch and move around before returning to what you were doing. You will feel refreshed and have created space in your mind to allow some ‘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.
The mind is a wonderful slave, but a terrible master! In order to be the master of our lives and destinies, we must first become master of our own minds!