Ever feel wound up with people, actions and situations that feel beyond your control? Do words come out wrong – accidentally damaging or hurting during a particularly emotionally charged moment? Do you have physical tension in your body that increases throughout the working day?
When we are feeling highly stressed, or strung out by heightened emotions, we can often forget to breathe. We also find ourselves exploding or overreacting in ways we are far from proud of. Wouldn’t you prefer to be able to lucidly and clearly communicate what you really, truly mean?
Well you can. We can cool ourselves down so we can deal with challenges calmly and clearly and to recover our balance and wellbeing with a simple, amazing, tool.
We just need to (re) learn how to breathe.
By focusing on our breathing we immediately diffuse extra emotional charge, giving ourselves back the decency of composure, allowing ourselves the time and space to choose what we want to think, how we want to act and what we want to say.
Breathing is an essential part of life. And yet we utilise it so little to enhance our lives and wellbeing – until we know we can! Breath helps you hear what your body is telling you and to tune in to your intuition, full of solutions that the conscious mind often prevents us from seeing.
Every cell can renew itself through the right breath, helping us heal, revive and renew – slowing down the ageing process and giving rejuvenating feelings of youth (yes really!).
Breath has been used by yogis, sages, athletes and even mothers in labour to stay calm, sustain focus and allow the right words, ideas and solutions to come through.
Give yourself the gift of taking a moment to focus on your breath at the beginning and the end of each day. Below are points to guide your breath to nourish the body, revive the cell system and release and energise naturally:
1. Breathe in through the nose and allow the breath up to the top of the head, as far as you can and then release it through the mouth and let go for as long as you can.
2. Find the last space of breath left somewhere in your lungs and let go of it. Let go as far as you can – out – out – out.
3. The next breath comes naturally.
4. Follow with images to help focus your awareness, such as waves rushing to the shore until the last drop of water has disappeared into the sand or bubbles of oxygen and light traveling up and down your spine.
Ibiza Retreats works with many teachers & therapists specialising in different forms of breath-work. It is integrated as an essential point of yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, personal training and meditation and enhances the benefits of receiving massage and many forms of hands-on therapy.
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