It is all about the breath. How we breathe can literally change our entire life. It can help us to become more centered, more effective and understand our full potential.
Our life is divided between our first and our last breath and what we do in between. Becoming aware of our breath is a powerful practice that brings us directly into the present moment and teaches us again and again how to access that place of potential within us.
The ancient yogis knew about the power of the breath and it's ability to change your entire experience in life and created pranayama, the science of breathing techniques which is a major part of the yoga practice.
The one breathing technique that helps me when I am in challenging moments, is the '1 Minute Breath'. I center myself before important appointments or when I find myself in a difficult situation – like a traffic jam, when you already know you don’t have time or an argument with your beloved.
One Minute Breath
[Breathing Technique from Kundalini Yoga in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan]
It is simple, effective and you can do it anywhere you want – in the car, while at the supermarket, or at home - anytime you start to feel anxious or worried and need to build inner peace.
One Minute Breath = 1 cycle per minute. 20 seconds to inhale, 20 seconds hold, 20 seconds to exhale.
I recommend 3 cycles of 1 Minute Breath – so 3 minutes in total.
In the beginning it might seem hard to inhale or hold for such a long time – that is normal and totally ok. Count faster in the beginning and work yourself up to the longer holds.
Some of the benefits of 1 Minute breath according to KRI (Kundalini Research Institute)
• Optimized cooperation between the brain hemispheres
• Dramatic calming of anxiety, fear and worry
• Openness to feeling one's presence and the presence of spirit
• Develops your intuition
May this simple practice help you to find centering and awaken your strength in times of stress or fear. Happy breathing.
Nicole Dechow is the founder of Soul & Yoga and Soul & Spirits. She is adedicated and experienced Yoga Teacher, Yoga & Health Inspired Lifestyle Coach and Jewelry Designer. A lover of life, a mother, a beach life enthusiast and absolutely passionate about helping others to discover and live their full individual potential. Follow her here:www.soulandyoga.com