Intentional Breathing and Why You Benefit Most From It
You are breathing all the time but how often are you intentional breathing? Did you know that deep breathing is your buddy! It will bring you back to your center and make you feel emotionally balanced.
No matter what’s going on in your life, if you go too long without taking in some good deep breaths you’ll began to feel less at home in my body… guaranteed.
If you don’t do intentional breathing as part of your lifestyle negative behavioral patterns can keep you stuck and disempowered. What I mean by intentional breathing and taking some good deep breaths is exercise and awareness practices.
But more importantly – exercises that open your lungs and heart. Exercises and practices that free your soul. It’s important to make sure you exercise your beautiful, life-giving lungs on a regular basis. Do you?
But the secret is that the more you exercise them in a spiritual way, the more you’ll experience joy in your body. And in addition, the better you’ll become at listening to the wisdom of your body.
I do alot of intentional breathing during yoga. Often, in the middle of a deep yoga class, I have had an emotional release or a burst of inspiration. I have often had to take a piece of paper and pen with me while I did yoga because I experienced divine inspiration coming into my body. It was an expansive and delightful experience.
In the Taoist tradition it’s the lungs that hold both joy and grief. And in life it’s normal to experience grief. Life is change. Things and people come and go. That’s part of the journey.
If you open your lungs, you open yourself and your body to spirit. You’re accessing what I call the holy breath. You draw your higher self into your body, and you start to think in a way that is on a higher, more inspired level.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate nostril breathing is a powerful healing intentional breathing exercise.
It’s one of many yogic intentional breathing exercises designed to balance and heal the body. Alternate nostril breathing, amongst other benefits, is designed to balance the masculine and feminine sides of the brain and body. When you are balanced you feel better.
Intentional breathing, taking in conscious deep breaths, I believe, is a great tool to relieve depression. I’ve not suffered from clinical depression but I do know that breath, movement and sound (spiritual exercise) is a powerful mood lifter.
I have had to do lots of deep breathing to feel sane in this crazy world. When your body is depressed or stressed, it contracts, and you begin to take shallow breaths. Less divine energy or life force energy gets into your body. That is why it’s important to breathe deeply when you’re going through stressful times in your life.
In conclusion I would like to remind you to make sure you take time to get lots of good deep breaths into your beautiful lungs as you journey through life.
What form of exercise are you doing? Is it allowing you to open your lungs, your heart and your soul so that you can feel spirit moving through your body? Give yourself the gift of intentional breathing. Let deep breathing be your buddy and keep you feeling bright.
I’m Anna-Thea, an author and Certified Divine Feminine Educator. If you’d like to learn more check out my online courses.