TAKE A BREATH (PART 2) WITH OCTAVIA CALTHORPE
We have all been thrown into unfamiliar territory in this time of isolation and never been so clearly confronted with the need to prioritise our mental, physical and emotional health.
It has been now more than ever that I have felt the power and importance of connecting with the breath.
It may sound simple and obvious but we all have the power to use our breath as a tool to calm our mind and body. I'm sure most of you will have noticed the connection between our emotional state and our breath; that fast anxious breath, the clench in anger, the deep sigh of relief. When our emotional state changes our breath changes. We breathe over 20,000 times a day, so the importance of the awareness of our breath cannot be understated as a tool to induce a state of calm.
- Lying down or sitting comfortably, placing your hand on your stomach
- Breath in through the nose for the mental count of 4 feeling the belly rise
- Hold your breath for the mental count of 7
- Exhale through your mouth making a whoosh noise for the mental count of 8 feeling the belly fall
- Repeat from anywhere from 4 rounds upwards
I am doing online donation based one on one and group sessions throughout this time, so please get in contact if you would like to learn more, or do a guided session.