How To Breathe-A Book By Ashley Neese

“Often we are operating at such a fast pace in life that we don’t take time to feel what needs to be felt in our bodies. The faster we move, the less our opportunity our nervous system has to downshift and the more likely it is that feelings will begin to build up. The lack of parasympathetic nervous system engagement (rest-and-digest mode) coupled with an accumulation if unprocessed emotions makes it challenging for our bodies to heal in ways that are safe and regenerative.”

The art of self-healing, I used to think it was all hocus pocus. Then I realized that I do have control over how I live my life to some degree. It’s all based on the choices that I make and how I live my life on a day to day basis. When I look at where I’ve been in my life and where I am now, it’s all based on choices, some good, some bad. For me, Self-Healing comes from within, it gives me the opportunity to heal my emotions and start fresh. Accepting me for who I am and to grow into a better person. Often, I use this Self-Healing Breath when I have a migraine. This breath helps me to become in tune with the stress that usually has caused the migraine to begin with. This breath has offered me a way to heal from my past. Lisa Bartels, CPRS, A.S.I.S.T, WRAP Seminar 1 Facilitator, Admin. Assistant

Lying Down, Twelve Minutes

  • Find a comfortable position.
  • 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.
  • Choose one area of discomfort to support.
  • If accessible, bring one hand to that area and continue to breathe through the nose.
  • Allow yourself to notice any discomfort on the inhale as you soften your body on exhale for several rounds.
  • Next, begin to lengthen your exhale by one to two counts.
  • Repeat this foe six minutes on the same place of your body.
  • Notice any changes.
  • If you feel called to move to a different area of your body for the next five minutes, do so; otherwise, stay in the same place.
  • When finished, release your hand and rest for one to two minutes.
  • Sit up slowly.
  • Close your practice.
  • Journal.

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