Breathe & Be.
As we slide into autumn, we enter the season of the Lung in Chinese Medicine. Autumn is a beautiful practice of taking in and letting go.
My best recommendation this fall for you to boost your health and your immunity is to consciously and thoughtfully deepen and expand your breath.
Your breath is amazing because it’s under the control of your autonomic nervous system. This means that the breath will always breathe for you, AND you can also bring conscious regulation to your breath (and to your whole nervous system) by slowing down and deepening and making more steady yourinhales and exhales.
Breathing is simple, profound, and highly underrated. The air you take in through breathing is part of how your Qi (your energy) is formed.
Breath work can help with sleep, anxiety, digestion, and the management of pain. Basically, your breath can be helpful with almost any physiological response you’re struggling with.
If you don’t know where to start with channeling the healing potential of your breath, I would suggest:
Begin by taking two minutes several times a day (on waking, before going to bed, and sometime mid-afternoon) to close your eyes and notice your breath. Then ask yourself: what would help me soften (or steady, or make peace with myself) right now?
I want to stress here that it’s not about forcing or fixing or overriding your breath. Just bringing your awareness to your breath will begin to encourage calm and peaceful self-regulation.
Maybe bring one hand to your belly and one hand to your heart. Feel for making the inhales and exhales even in terms of quality and length.
Try this and let me know how it goes. Or let me know how you steady yourself when things get crazy or anxious or compressed. I would love to hear from you.
And, again, an invitation to join me for “Breathe and Be” on Zoom every Wednesday at 7:30am. My goal in every yoga class I teach is to encourage you to become more embodied, more aware of your own inner knowing, and more synced-up with yourself so that you can be in alignment: body mind and spirit.
Let’s end this blog pot by taking a breath together. Please close your eyes and take a deep inhale and exhale in and out through your nose.