How To Breathe-A Book By Ashley Neese

“Lack of connection is a serious issue facing our world today. As we become increasingly dependent on computers and devices to do many of the things we have done for ourselves in the past, from grocery shopping, to dating, to communicating, we live less in community and more in isolation. While long-term effects are still in question, research already shows that our health, vitality, and resilience are greatly impacted by our diminishing everyday social connections.”

As a single parent of a teenager, I work everyday to have a connection, many teenagers today are so focused on social media that they have forgotten the true meaning of connection. The Connection Breath spoke volumes to me. It may be a hard one to convince your teenager to do. However, it may stir conversation in any household or help you connect in another way.

This Technique requires a partner, allow 10 mins.

  • Find a comfortable seat facing your partner.
  • Breathe in and out through the nose for a minute to settle in.
  • Set your practice intentions.
  • When ready, turn around and sit with your backs touching.
  • Breathe slowly in and out through your noses.
  • Without rushing or speaking to each other, allow your breaths to begin to sync up.
  • Breathe in sync for eight minutes or so.
  • Gently release the practice and allow your breath to flow naturally.
  • Rest for a few moments and notice how you feel; also notice what happens to your breath.
  • Journal
  • Spend a few minutes discussing what came up for each of you.
  • Close your practice with a hug.

To learn more on socialization check out our Wellness Center virtually or in person.

Lisa Bartels

Admin Assist/Peer Recovery Specialist

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