5 Minute Breathwork

I am a guest blogger on my dear friend Shay’s blog Be Glad check out her post here:
http://begladproject.weebly.com/1/post/2014/03/5-minutes-to-breathe-and-be-still.html

Or read on for my original post on 5 Minute Breathwork:
1) Find a place where you know you won’t be bothered for 5 minutes.
(Anywhere works- bathroom, bedroom, car, kitchen, backyard, etc.)

2) Find a comfortable position.
-can be seated on a chair
-can be seated in sukhasana (cross-legged position) on the floor on propped up on blankets.
-can lay down on the ground or in bed

3) Close your eyes and begin to notice your breath. Feel the breath enter the body and feel the breath exit the body. Notice how when you breathe in the body expands and when you breathe out the body relaxes back down toward the earth. Feel what parts of your physical body come in contact with the ground. Let anything that is touching the ground feel heavy and at ease.

4) Start to listen to the sounds around you. I always remind my students that peace and stillness come from the inside not the outside. We have to try to embrace the sounds around us rather than wish they would go away. Just because we are trying to be quiet doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to be quiet too. Notice the sounds that seem far away- maybe cars driving, animals making noise, people walking or talking. Now notice the sounds close to you- your breath coming in the body and your breath exiting the body. Focus on the sound of your own breath. Listen to the rhythm of the inhale and exhale. Let the length of your inhale match the length of your exhale. Allow your breath to be steady, calm and even.

5) Your mind will start to wander here and there bringing up thoughts, judgments, or expectations. Most of the time your mind will bring up scenarios of the past and scenarios of the future. Let yourself be concerned with the present-what is happening right now? Can you bring yourself back to the body and notice how it is relaxing into the earth. Can you bring yourself back to the breath and notice how it rhythmically creates a soundtrack for your practice? Notice your inhale, and notice your exhale. Breathe deeply, calmly and with sincerity.
Yoga is a practice not a perfect. If the mind continues to bring up past or future scenarios just bring yourself back to your breath. And then bring yourself back to your breath again, and again, and again and again.

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