How To Breathe-A Book By Ashley Neese

“Like happiness, sadness comes and goes. We often put so much pressure on ourselves to “be happy” that it can feel like there just isn’t time in the day to address sadness that needs to be felt. As with physical pain, anger, or any other unpleasant feeling that we have to face, the breath is a key component for helping us face and hold space for ourselves in the middle of the discomfort.”

How many times have you heard phrases like “toughen up” or “just get over it”? In today’s world it’s almost as if we are supposed to be anything but sad. I know that I’m guilty of hiding my feelings of sadness and when I’m unable to express it, I find myself becoming depressed. This breathwork has helped me acknowledge my feelings of sadness and I have learned to grow positive through my grief and sadness instead of staying in a place of self-pity. I find if I become aware of my emotions, I am able to grow through healing. Emotions are something we all have and I believe if we take the time to acknowledge and learn from them, rather then suppress them, we can grow into a stronger & more resilient person. Lisa Bartels, CPRS, A.S.I.S.T, WRAP Seminar 1 Facilitator, Admin. Assistant

Sitting Up, Twelve Minutes

  • Find a comfortable seat.
  • Set your practice intention.
  • Breathe slowly through your nose for a minute to settle in.
  • Next, take a couple of minutes to scan your body from head to toe, making note of any areas of comfort or discomfort.
  • Continue breathing deeply and slowly through your nose for eight minutes, allowing your body to breath in whatever way that it wants to.
  • Notice the emotions as they come and go, anchoring yourself in the breath you remember.
  • When finished, rest for a minute.
  • Close your practice.
  • Journal.

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