Mindful Living by Becky, Chanting Stork Yoga this June: The Breath of Life

In the rhythm of our daily lives, the simple act of breathing often goes unnoticed. Yet, with each inhale and exhale, we are gifted with the essence of life itself. 

Consider this: on average we breathe 21,000 times a day. What if we spend even just 1% of this time in awe of our breathing system and its profound impact on our well-being?
Let’s go on a journey together. While you’re reading these words start to lengthen out your breath.

Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing its natural filtration to purify the air, and exhale slowly, feeling the calming vibration resonate through your nervous system. Now start to count the length of your breath.

Are your inhalations and exhalations balanced or does one surpass the other? Work towards a balanced and even breath count, aiming for a steady count of five. This intentionally balanced breathwork known as sama vritti pranayama (equal length breath), fosters harmony with our breath cycle, guiding us towards the optimal respiratory rhythm.

Join me in this practice:
Inhale: 2, 3, 4, 5
Exhale: 2,3, 4, 5

Spend a few minutes of your time in this rhythmic breathing.

Beyond its physiological benefits, this practice serves as a gentle reminder to our nervous system: we are in command, composed, and grounded.

Whether amidst chaos or calm, this technique offers a sanctuary for clarity and composure. By nurturing our ability to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively, we cultivate a sense of inner resilience and peace.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

In that space we can find solace in the simple act of breathing, and it is within this tranquil sanctuary that we discover the essence of our being.

Join Becky’s yoga classes where breath-led movement is celebrated as a cornerstone of practice, where the exploration of breath and its transformative power is woven into every session.

Try your first yoga class for free by emailing: becky@chantingstork.com and quoting “Mindful Living/Listing” 

Becky Duncan, Founder Chanting Stork Yoga – www.chantingstork.com