Take a deep breath. Inhale steadily through the nose and expand the chest in all directions. Exhale fully through the nose until the chest feels empty. There! Simple, right? Well, unfortunately this apparently simple action can be far from easy when we are stressed, anxious, and finding ourselves in 'fight, flight or freeze' mode. If… Continue reading Build the Breath, Reclaim your Calm
Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of Yoga, and a beautiful way to consciously connect the mind, body, and breath. There is a reason that 'Prana' means life-force. We reflexively breathe all day every day- without it, we wouldn't survive- but how often do you breathe consciously? Pranayama has a large variety of benefits,… Continue reading Just breathe: 3 easy ways to connect with your breath
I was absolutely honoured to be asked by the combined teams of Vetsnet and VetLed to lead the morning meditation sessions at their first ever WellVet Weekend event. One month on and I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in the ideas, organising, sessions, and support, on a wonderful and successful debut! It was also lovely… Continue reading WellVet Weekend 2018: The VetYogi Meditation sessions
This meditation is designed to focus the mind and heart on the people in our lives, whilst bringing us inner joy, gratitude, and relaxation benefits. Tap into the energy at the heart center, feel the love begin to flow out of your chest. If you find this difficult, try and imagine the feeling you get… Continue reading Heart to heart: a loving energy meditation
This beautiful and cleansing form of Pranayama does exactly what it promises from its Sanskrit origins, with ‘nadi’ meaning ‘channel’, and ‘shodhana’ meaning ‘purification’. It can reduce stress and anxiety, and help to engage and balance both hemispheres of the brain. As discussed in Sama Vritti, the practice of 'Pranayama' is to expand/prolong ('ayama') the… Continue reading Nadi Shodhana: Alternate nostril breathing for an altered state of mind
According to its Sanskrit origins, where the life force is breath, the practice of 'Pranayama' is to expand/prolong ('ayama') the life-force ('prana'). Yoga and pranayama have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by 'down-regulating the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis that triggers as a response to a physical or psychological demand' (1). It can have both… Continue reading Sama Vritti: Balance the Breath and Balance Yourself
Take a deep breath. A guide to Belly Breathing.