Sharon's Happydemic

Breath Work

Breathe into the present moment

Mindful breathing has many benefits, it helps the body and mind relax and can bring us into the present moment.

We often forget the benefits of breathing and spend most of the time in mindless breath or shallow breathing. Especially when rushed, busy, stressed or overwhelmed.

Sometimes it takes bad air quality or a health crisis to appreciate this basic, yet profound ability.
I wonder how often we just sit in the moment and focus on our breath generally.

Yoga meditation and even laughter all depend on focusing on the breath. This makes proper breathing an important part of learning how to calm the mind and body.

Psychologists and breath practitioners have been utilising the power of breath for many years.

What to expect

Breath work can be done in 10 to 15 minutes or for other techniques, it can take 45 minutes to an hour. This is done to heal the mind, emotions, physical body and spirit. I offer this guided breath work at home or in the office, both as a one on one or in a group.

Types of breathing techniques

Mindful breathing
This is becoming mindful of your breath and focusing on it. It does not change the way you breathe, the act of just focusing can slow down your breathing pattern and help you feel more relaxed.

Mantra breathing
This technique uses a mantra to help focus on your breath, a phrase or word that you repeat to yourself to become focused.

Square breathing
This is a visualisation breath to create focus, as you inhale you visualise a side of a square breath in as you draw up then hold across then exhale down, hold across then inhale up again.

Belly breath
This is breathing into your belly using your diaphragm to inhale and exhale and being more conscious of it working.
There are many breath practices and all are beneficial to your health and wellbeing. So slow down and take a breath or two.

Did you know you can try these techniques at home? Start seated or lying down and spend 5-10 minutes practicing one of these techniques.

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