How to stay in the flow of well-being when your boat keeps wanting to crash on the banks by Jeremy Youst
Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific purposes in min...
Over the last 30 years, the art and science of Breathwork has made its way to the cutting edge of the human potential movement; and it has found its place at the forefront of mind-body medicine. Breath Awareness and Conscious Breathing are studied and taught wherever consciousness and spirit, science and religion, or loving hearts and open minds come together for good.
From ancient times, breath and breathing has been held sacred by practically every culture in history. The spirit of breath has been celebrated in myth, veiled in ritual, and often passed on only in secret. Yet today, most people are quite aware that conscious breathing is a key to awakening to self-realization, to peak performance, optimum health, and ultimate potential.
If you're a health nut or fitness junkie, take note. If you are into self-improvement or personal growth, pay attention. If you are a counselor or a therapist, or an athlete or a coach, a performer, a healer, or simply a student of life, or one of our treasured elders: then you owe it to yourself to discover, explore and develop the power and potential of Breathwork!
By focusing on your breath, you can awaken healing energies and calming forces within your mind and body. By breathing in certain ways, you can control and direct many so called unconscious or involuntary processes. You can regulate or normalize your physiological, emotional, psychological states.
Since the day you were born, your breath has been your constant companion. The same energy that built your body in the womb is still available to you to rebuild and renew it today. You can use the power and skill of conscious breathing to awaken your creative energy and to tap into your highest potential.
Snow storms, frightening global news, challenges at work, not enough resources, unsatisfying relationships; there are a million reasons you could wake up every day stressed, anxious, disconnected, off balance, and out of touch with who you are and what really matters to you.
You're human, and this 21st century life you're living can be a challenge to navigate - but, there's hope, a lot of hope, and a solution.
Take a breath and remember to connect. According to the latest in brain science, the key to keeping your boat in peaceful waters is developing a practice that increases quality human connection and learning how to master your nervous system. You can do this by learning the potent combination of conscious breathing and Mindfulness.
When you learn to deal with stress by using your breath you activate the part of your nervous system that immediately calms you down. When you add Mindfulness you open up space for your heart and your mind to come back online. When you're calm and open, you are free to connect with yourself, with others, and get back into the flow of your life.
We all breathe to stay alive, but, If you're reading this, you've got the idea that there's more to breathing than meets the eye. You're right. There is much more: it's a powerful way anytime, anywhere to reduce stress and increase well-being.
When you instinctively take a deep breath, and release it with a sigh, it makes you feel better. Why? Because a deep breath moves energy, delivers awareness and oxygen, impacts the nervous system and creates a momentary pause for something new to take place. When you take a deep breath in and let it go you stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system - that part of the Autonomic Nervous System whose job it is to 'rest and digest', i.e. you relax!
One deep breath can improve how you feel
Breathwork is my passion, as in “pass-I-on” and my profession, as in “profess-I-on”. And Today, I am celebrating the fact that I have not failed to write at least one breathing report/article every month of every year since September of 1976!
At times over the years, I waited on the muse or myself or inspiration until the last minute, and as a result, several times I was a day or two late in meeting my self-inflicted moral obligation!
And this month it seemed that I was doomed to failing. My mind was either swinging back and forth between false starts and dead ends, or simply being completely blank or empty. (I think that’s called writer’s block.)
For two weeks, I have been trying everything: searching my notes for ideas, scanning past articles, reviewing questions people have sent me, and forgetting about the task completely. But nothing worked. Then I decided to read my working definition of Breathwork:
“Breathwork is the art and science of applying breath awareness and conscious breathing exercises, techniques and meditations for health, growth and change, in body, mind, and spirit. Breathwork is a tool, a force, a path, and a bridge to peak performance, optimum health, and ultimate potential.”
Spring is the season of fresh starts and rebirth. It is a time for cleaning out the old to make room for the new. Mother Nature prepares for this process by cleansing with rain and wind. Then the warmth of the sun and the longer days mark this new beginning with flowers in every color, shape and size. The ground, bushes and trees come alive and we are struck by the profound beauty and fragrance of nature. We open our windows and doors to experience the freshness of spring. As you watch the season unfold, I invite you to become more aware of the ways that nature lives in balance. There is no hurry, no skipping of steps and no procrastination either.
There are so many demands on our time and energy in today's world, that you may feel that it is nearly impossible to maintain a sense of balance. Daily activities are filled with the needs of growing families, stresses at work and numerous relationships that require attention. Add to this the burden of the electronic age where you are expected to immediately respond to phone calls, text messages and countless emails. It is easy to find yourself caught in an overwhelming, demanding and unmanageable way of living.