Happy Sunday! What are your self-care Sunday plans?
Happy Self-Care Sunday! What are your Self-Care Sunday plans?
Are you a mouth breather? Check out the side effects on my post in my Instagram or Facebook. Did you know that practicing gratitude on a daily basis can literally rewire your brain for positive thinking and help you during challenging times?
🙏🏽 Gratitude Practice 🙏🏽
What is 1 challenge that you overcame that you are grateful for because of all its teachings and insights?
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Experiencing mid-day slump?
Don’t run for an espresso, instead find a quiet corner of your office and practice a few rounds of deep diaphragmatic breathing, specifically Bellow’s Breath! This is rapid inhaling and exhaling so that your body gets the maximum amount of oxygen. It helps increase the circulation of blood in the entire body and helps energize the mood. We all breathe 29,000 times a day without much thought. Imagine how much better we would feel if we can optimize those breaths. Breathing is for survival and breathing is for optimal health. We humans can do a better job at the latter and the changes in heart rate can trigger numerous positive adaptations that will change our life.
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Breathing techniques require no batteries, wifi, headgear or smartphones. It costs nothing, takes little time and effort, and you can do it wherever you are, whenever you need. It’s a function our distant ancestors have practised since they crawled out of the sludge 2.5bn years ago, a technique our own species has been perfecting with only our lips, noses and lungs for hundreds of thousands of years. Recent scientific research has shown that while quick, shallow and unfocused breathing may contribute to a host of problems, including anxiety, depression and high blood pressure, cultivating greater control over our lungs can bring many benefits to our mental and physical health. Intriguingly, scientists are finding that a particular frequency of breath at around six exhalations a minute can be especially restorative, triggering a “relaxation response” in the brain and body. Conscious breathing might also help you navigate difficult thoughts, emotions, and experiences, creating the space to respond with intention and objectivity.
Check out my awesome conversation “Embrace Ayurveda to Ignite YOUR Life” on episode #43 on the Self-Care Goddess Podcast.
When we do any physical exercise our body demands more oxygen, which signals the heart to pump faster, thus raising the heartbeat. But did you know that when you do Bellows breath, you pump even more quantity of oxygen even without the body not asking for it. It involves rapid inhalation and exhalation which gives a boost to the body, and hence is aptly called the yogic breath of fire. In yoga philosophy, the breath serves as both the vehicle and the measuring stick for the practice of awareness. It can guide you to a deeper connection with your body, mind, and the world around you. Traditional yogic wisdom holds that it’s physiologically impossible to be in a state of distress when the breath is smooth, calm, and regulated. Pay attention to your breath as it moves in and out of your body. From there, you may want to practice elongating your breath, or holding it briefly at the top of the inhale and exhale. You can practice for 1 minute to start, then build up to 5 minutes, or even longer. Always check with a wellness professional before you begin a new breathing practice. It’s best to start with short sessions to check how your body responds. You can slowly work your way up to longer practices if you don’t experience any unwanted side effects.
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If you are you always reaching for a coffee during your mid-afternoon energy slump? Try this breath technique instead here.
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