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Breathing Exercises

How to Breathe Properly

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Proper breathing is fundamental in living and maintaining a healthful life. Breathing properly takes conscious effort because life circumstances sometimes catches us short (of breath). Various breathing exercises help us become more aware of our breathing habits. These breathing exercises teach the importance of controlled inhales and exhales.

1. Are You Holding Your Breath? Don't Do It!!

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Breathing is the first natural instinct we use at birth. Have you ever watched a baby sleeping? The breathing of an infant is deep into the belly. Breathing was not intentioned to be a conscious effort but rather something that comes naturally. Unfortunately, breathing fully and deeply stops as our life experiences teach us to not to.

2. Ancient Wisdom of the Breath

You can live for weeks without food, days without water, but how long can you last without your breath? What would you do without your breath? What do you know about the relationship of your breath to your health, not just your physical health, but your mental and emotional health?

3. Inhale Exhale Incantations

To help balance your light body and align your chakra energy system repeat these incantations. Speak the first part of the phrase outloud as you inhale. Speak the second part of the phrase as you exhale. Repeat each of the twelve incantations ten times. When you are finished you will feel centered and balanced.

4. Breathe from the Gut

As a result of our birthing, and later conditioning, we breathe shallowly, from the chest. We should breathe deeply from the Hara (the source of our spiritual bodies). Or, in layman's terms, we should learn to breathe from the gut. Grounding and breathing will get you centered. If you cannot find a rock or tree or solid wall in contact with the Earth, I tell clients and students that you can still connect with Earth energy through intent alone, by "breathing through your feet."
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