When faced with any sort of negativity or stress your breath is the first thing to change in your body. You might hold, tighten or restrict your breath, followed by clenching your jaw, hunching your shoulders, knotting your stomach (that’s me) or generally just tensing lots of muscles in your body - all of which limits you, and limits your ability to cope with any situation.
These are all symptoms of “no breathing”. It is a very restrictive way to breathe, and restrictive way to live your life. You begin accumulating negativity and stress (by not releasing it with your breath ) and become stuck in that moment.
Yes breathing allows you to trust in the flow of your life:
“Obstacles are not opposing you, but merely & gently re-routing you”
Neale Donald Walsch
Your breath directly reflects how you flow through life, but more importantly how you flow through life’s obstacles. “Yes breathing” strengthens you to move through life’s little challenges, whilst at the same time, helps you dissolve the stress that you have been exposed to along the way.
‘Yes breathing” gives you the power to trust in the flow of your life and not become trapped/stuck with what has already happened in the past. “Yes breathing” supports the health and well-being of your body, mind and soul.
“Yes breathing” is very, very simple. It can be done anywhere, anytime and only takes a minute or two of your time. “Yes breathing” is all about giving you a potent healing tool so can feel there is something extremely beneficial you can do in times of stress and negativity.
“Yes breathing” is a way of giving yourself permission to say “yes, I’m OK”, “yes, I trust” or “yes, I can get through this”. You can read the 3 simple steps of “yes breathing” a little further down the page.
8 vital reasons why “yes breathing” is so important to you:
1. Stretches time and gives you breathing space:
Breathing in and breathing out “yes” energy, slows your breathing down, calms your thinking and slows down time. You are cleverly giving your self some breathing space by creating a healthy distance between you and the situation.
Holding your breath and clenching your body only brings the stress and negativity closer to you.
2. Opens up the diaphragm and oxygenates your body:
The more oxygen you fill your body with, the healthier you are. The more oxygen in your blood stream and cells, the more efficient your immune system and the easier it is for your body to detox. When your diaphragm is fully expanded (by breathing into your belly) more oxygen moves through your body and your organs get a healthy and gentle massage.
3. Helps you relax so you can think clearly:
One of the main aims of “yes” breathing” is that you are saying to yourself “Yes, it’s OK to breath deeply” and “Yes, its OK, to let go on the exhale”. By exhaling for twice as long as you normally would, you are greatly supporting your body and mind into releasing and relaxing.
The more relaxed you are the clearer and calmer your thinking.
4. Calms your emotions:
“Yes breathing” relaxes an overstimulate nervous system which in turn calms your thinking and emotions. It allows you to come back to your centre and respond to the situation from a more grounded, calmer, practical place.
5: Centres you.
When your energies are scattered, your thinking is scattered and you lose all sense of control. You have given away your power. By practicing a few rounds of “yes breathing” you are effectively calling back your scattered energies by breathing into your belly, which strengthens your centre and allows you to digest the situation from a calm grounded place.
6: Gives you a sense of feeling safe and OK
“Yes breathing” is all about giving you a potent healing tool so can feel there is something extremely beneficial you can do in times of stress and negativity. It’s almost like breathing a protective bubble of energy around you. It puts you back in charge and not your worrying, stressed out mind.
7: Allows you to trust in the flow of your life.
Breathing in “yes” energy allows you to trust in the flow of your life without getting too attached to the drama of it. It allows you to rise above the situation and remind yourself that there is also a bigger picture to life. Things happen for a reason, even if you can’t see what they are at the time.
8: Conserves your energy:
Stress, worry and upset all consume huge amounts of your precious energy. Practicing a few rounds of “Yes breathing” stops you from wasting lots of energy unnecessarily.
“You cannot make a mistake, you can only make a decision that will be your next best step” Neale Donald Walsch
How to practice “yes” breathing:
Two important keys to “yes breathing” is to inhale fully and deeply into your belly, and secondly to spend twice as long on your exhale. A lengthy exhale sends a clear message to your body to unclench and let go, and in doing so allows you to release any stress and fear but most importantly, come back to your centre.
1: Breath into through your nose and then down fully into upper lungs, middle lungs, side and back of your lungs and then down into your belly.
2: As you inhale, breathe in the feeling of “yes”. “Yes, I am OK” or “Yes, I trust”
3: Lastly, breathe out through your nose, spending twice as long on your exhale than your inhale. As you exhale say “Yes”. You can add onto the yes by saying “Yes, I trust” or “Yes, I trust in the flow of my life” or “Yes, I’m OK”, or anything you like that is relevant to the situation you are in.
I personally feel there is no easier and safer “first step” to deal with life’s little challenges, than by bringing your awareness back into your breath. This will in turn, allow you to adjust your thinking and breathe your energies and focus back into your centre - the only place you need to live from.
Please let me know what you think, as I personally have found “yes breathing” a very valuable tool in my life.
“ Slow down, be kind to yourself and you will find the next step” Mudita Institute
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