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Take Time to Breathe

When is the last time you sat down and paid attention to your breathing? Really noticed how you were taking in air and expelling it? Do you normally breath in and out your nose? Does most of your breath come from your upper chest, or your allow your lungs to fill up?

Breathing fully can reduce stress and create a sense of calm from within.

Live Light Practice:

Find a supported seated posture or lay down. Take both hands to your abdomen. Begin by breathing and noticing the length of each inhale and exhale. After a few rounds of breath start counting to four on each inhale and exhale. Trying to even out the breathing. Feel your hands rise and fall with your belly and breaths. Be mindful of each moment and relax your jaw.

Once you feel steady start to count to four on each inhale and six on each exhale. Do not force it. If this is challenging continue with the count of four for both inhales and exhales.

Allow your hands to rest by your sides and release the counting, just breath as you normally would. Notice if you feel a shift in mood or quality of breathing.









Notice your inhales and exhales.

What is the quality of your breathing at this moment?



Kapalabhati, or sometimes know as breath of fire, is a pranayama (breathing practice) technique of inner cleansing.


Ujjayi breathing can be an extremely helpful practice once you get the hang of it. Until then it is going to feel very awkward! To practice you can try it lying down or in a seated position. The ujjayi breathing is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air. Gently pulling the breath in on inhalation and gently pushing the breath out on exhalation against this resistance creates a well-modulated and soothing sound—something like the sound of ocean waves rolling in and out. The key to Ujjayi breathing is relaxation. Inhaling can be more challenging with ujjayi so try to focus just on the exhales to start. One way to think about the breathing is as if you were sipping the breath in through a straw. If the suction is too strong the straw collapses and great force is required to suck anything through it. Once Ujjayi breathing is mastered in a supine or seated position, the challenge is to maintain the same quality of breathing throughout your asana (postures) practice.