Next time you get anxious, nervous or overwhelmed try a little diaphragmatic breathing.
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair. Place your hands on your belly to bring consciousness to your ‘belly breathing’. Slightly contract the abdominal muscles. As you breathe in allow your belly to fill up like a balloon. And as you breath out allow that belly to deflate. With diaphragmatic breath we are able to take deeper breaths and it allows an escape from ‘shallow’ breathing. Shallow breathing is what we generally do when we do not consciously breathe. Stagnant air gets traps in ours lungs causing irritability and worry. By releasing that air, with deep belly breathes, it allows us to cleanse our central nervous system and calm down.
As we allow space in our breath, there becomes space in our lungs and thus space in our practice.
Breath, Balance and Bright Blessings