Yesterday was my Birthday and my lovely friend Hannah gave me a really brilliant Yoga book. I took to bed with me last night and I could not stop reading it! It got me gripped.
So this morning I woke up inspired to do some yoga.
I logged onto a website called Do Yoga With Me. It is totally free to use and has some great sessions for all levels. I did a gentle strength and stretching session first and then a pranayama breath work session.
Afterwards I felt amazing!
The breathing session was certainly the toughest. It took all of my focus to be able to do the exercise and even then I had to sneak a breath when I wasn’t really supposed to!
Give this a try and see how your mind only has room for one thing – your breath. It reduces tension and anxiety so much as a result.
1) Exhale all the air from your lungs.
2) Breathe in for the count of 12.
3) Retain the breath for 6.
4) Breathe out again for 12.
5) Retain the breath for 6.
6) Repeat for 12 rounds.
Tough hey! I think building up gradually is the key. 12 seems a bit log for me at the moment so I think I may practise on counting 10 on the breaths rather than 12 – or alternatively count a little faster than the guy on the recording who seemed to do it super slow.
But I always love something to work on so for a while I shall make this my new little project!
Having a goal, however small, can make all he differences to our motivation to progress in our practice. When we start to notice improvements then we are spurred on to continue.
Breathing is a great way to connect our Meditation Practise to the real world so try to build some breathing exercises into your day, and feel the calm that Meditation brings, spreading into everything you do.