Learn to breatheFollow our 3-step guide to improve your breath pattern, increase your life force and enhance your emotional wellbeing.
1. Evaluate your breath
Download this free breath pattern analysis audio for a guided discovery of your natural way of breathing. Switch off the outside world and connect with yourself. It’s only by understanding your current breath pattern that can you see where to make changes.
Does any of this sound familiar?
You use your shoulder muscles to breathe
Breathing via your shoulder muscles is exhausting and leads to chronic neck and shoulder pain. We’re going to show you how to use your major breathing muscle – your diaphragm.
You control your exhale
Controlling your exhale is like putting your shopping bags down slowly. It takes way more energy than is necessary. This often indicates a need to control or a fear of letting go.
You clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night
The jaw is connected to the diaphragm via fascia trains under the skin. Clench your jaw right now. It’s much harder to breathe, right? We typically hold anger and resentment in our jaw.
You often hold your breath and block your feelings?
Unwanted emotions have an emotional charge. If we don’t express our feelings, they are literally swallowed by the breath and held in the body at a cellular level, resulting in pain and suffering.
You find it difficult being in the present moment
Constantly distracting yourself, always being switched ‘on’ and finding it hard to relax are all possible effects of past trauma. An overloaded nervous system invariably leads to sickness.
Improve your breath pattern to increase your life force and emotional wellbeing
2. Improve Your Breath
Watch this free video to learn how to improve your breathing pattern and make your breath more efficient. Most people have a dysfunctional breath in one way or another. See for yourself what it feels like to experience a fully-flowing breath
Breathe into your belly
You can retrain your breath by lying on your back, putting your feet on the floor and placing a hot water bottle on your lower belly then breathing into it to encourage your diaphragm to move. Place your hands over the base of your ribcage on your front and feel the diaphragm working. Doesn’t it feel good? Breathing into your belly is wonderfully grounding.
Exhale with a sigh
If you tend to control your exhale, take a big breath in and hold it for as long as you can. Then let go and carry on breathing, noticing how much easier it can be to exhale. The engineering of the diaphragm means that when you sigh on the exhale – a short and sweet sigh, almost like a soft pant – the muscle simply relaxes or ‘flops’ back into position. It doesn’t need to be controlled.
Relax your jaw
Tightness, anger and resentment held in the overworked muscles of the jaw can be massaged away. Gently tap around your jaw to find the sore spots, then gently massage to relieve the tension. You can even massage inside the mouth too. Another great way to relax your jaw is to yawn.
Feel your feelings
Allow your feelings to bubble up and feel them so you can release them. So often underneath the negative emotions of fear, grief, anger and sadness, there is love, joy and a blissful state of acceptance. Repeat in your head the affirmation ‘it’s safe to feel my feelings’ while your breath helps you to stay present and connected as your suppressed emotions come to the surface. If you experience very strong emotions, you might find it helpful to find a practitioner to guide you through this release.
Stay with the breath
When your attention is fully absorbed by the sensations of the physical body, there is no future or past to distract you. Allow this connection to the present moment to emerge. Feel it via the wisdom of your body. This present moment is the ultimate gift! Welcome to your parasympathetic nervous system. Relax into it. Rest and digest here. Savour the stillness and peace.
The breath is a bit like a Swiss army knife. There are different blades for different uses. In yoga, you might practise a pranayama technique (breathing style) with a long, controlled exhale. Inspirational breathing is more like a natural, baby’s breath. A most efficient way to breathe, it’s a dynamic, effortless flow that takes you to a state of ease.
Start a daily practise for continual growth and ever unfolding inspiration
3. Retrain your breath
Download this free daily breathing audio and practice daily to retrain your breath. This is where the rubber hits the road and you start to get results. Stick with it and the benefits include more energy, feeling more connected to your body and more able to manage the emotional rollercoaster of which your breath is a reflection.
By practising daily, you’ll become more resilient, self-sufficient and ready to greet and serve the world, showing up as the best version of yourself.
Find out what your breath says about you.
Discover the places where the breath is shut down or constricted and find ways to encourage a full flowing healthy breath.Find a practitioner
“I practise a conscious connected breath during my rugby matches to prevent me from getting tired. I can feel the difference. It is like I have a full breath, not a half breath like before. Things are going really well in football too. I’m really glad I’ve had the chance to learn this. I practise it at night before going to bed too.”
That was one of the most profound and divine (literally) experiences I have had in my life so far. This is one of the best days of my life.
– Antje Gern, Flamenco Dancer