A Simple Breathing Exercise

Today I'm going to take you through a very simple breathing technique, which you can use as a relaxation process or as a mediation technique in its own right.
The way I suggest you learn this is by lying flat on the floor with your knees up to support your back. Copy Chantelle, who's demonstrating the posture for us.

Lying like this seems to be the easiest way to learn to breathe into the belly, and today we're practicing a simple counted breath. It's breathing in for three, hold for three, out for three, pause for three.

So, do that with me:

Breathe In … two… three…

Hold… two… three..

Breathe Out … two… three…

Pause… two… three

That is the process: breathe in to a count of three, hold for three, breathe out for three, pause for three. It's a fabulous technique for relaxation, and can also be used as a meditation in its own right

I've taught this technique to several clients and a couple in particular I really remember.

One was a man who had been on medication for depression and anxiety for twelve years and it was having a significant negative impact on his wellbeing, his work, and everything in his life. He decided to make a change, and came to me for help. I taught him counted breathing, in his very first session.

He went away and he practiced this breathing diligently for ten minutes during his lunch break and again after work.

He came back to see me two weeks later a transformed man. He came off his medication, he had half the sessions we thought he would need to make the changes he wanted and it was the breathing that made the difference.

Another client I remember was an exceptionally busy executive who used to use this as a wind-down technique at the end of her work day, before she re-engaged with the family. Taking 10 – 15 minutes to relax and calm herself through the breathing enabled her to put work behind her and to give some quality time to her family.

Use the counted breathing for five or ten minutes a day as a relaxation technique , or you can use same process throughout a meditation.

Use the lying on the floor posture with your feet flat, hands on the abdomen to learn to breathe correctly into the abdomen. Once you have learned it you will find it easier to breathe correctly as you go about your daily activities.

Do tell your friends about this meditation series. And have a great week.

I look forward to seeing you again next Monday.


PS. The model for this Video is Chantelle Good from The Good P.A, you can visit her website here


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