How To Breathe-A Book By Ashley Neese
“The Focus Breath is one of the first practices I developed for clients who showed up to their sessions in need of mental, emotional, and energetic reorganizing. Whether they wanted to rein in their scattered energy from sitting in traffic on their way to our session, had a recent conversation on repeat in their mind, or felt bogged down from their day, the Focus Breath cut through the muck, reorientating them to them to the present moment.”
If your anything like me, we could all use a little help in refocusing ourselves into the present moment. I have found myself using the Focus Breath when I’m driving in congested traffic & other anxiety driven situations, this Breath Technique has helped me to stay true to myself rather than fill mind with negative thoughts. I often use this Breath Technique as a replacement to counting to ten to bring me back to the present moment.
Sitting or Standing Up, Five Minutes
- Find a comfortable position with both feet on the floor.
- Breathe in and out through the nose for a minute to settle in.
- Set your practice intention.
- Inhale through the nose for two counts.
- Exhale through the mouth, sounding out the word HA-AA-AA in your regular speaking tone for as long as you can without force or strenuous effort.
- Repeat inhaling through the nose and exhaling HA-AA-AA for three minutes.
- Next, spend a full minute breathing in and out through the nose.
- Close your practice.
To learn more about refocusing visit our Wellness Center virtually or in person.
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