Breathe — a mindful breathing exercise

Breathe — a mindful breathing exercise

Here's a simple mindful breathing exercise you can do anywhere, anytime, and the best thing is it’s free and accessible to everyone.

Start by either sitting or standing upright, or laying on your back.
Gently close the eyes. 
Put one hand on your belly, the other on your heart and start to tune into your breath.
Feel your hands move with each breath.

Simply observing the breath at this stage, let it flow softly and quietly in and out through the nose. 
Once you’re able to focus inwards on the natural flow of breath, start to consciously change the breath, slowing it down and making it a little deeper.
Breathe in for a count of four, pause, then exhale for a slightly longer count of six.
Repeat for as long as you want, and as often as you want throughout the day.

When you’re breathing in this way, you become mindful and present. Slowing the breath down can instantly shift the nervous system from that chronic fight or flight response (which for most people has become the new normal) into the calming and restorative parasympathetic mode allowing the body to rest, repair, and digest.

A deep breath also acts as an internal pump within the body encouraging the flow of lymph fluid through the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for delivering nutrients and removing waste, which is crucial for optimum skin health and your overall wellbeing. 

You can incorporate an Aromatology Pure Synergy into your breath work too which will work on a deeper level within the body. Inhalation of a Pure Synergy allows the oils to enter the body immediately through a direct link from the olfactory system to the limbic system (emotional centre) of the brain. Once inhaled, the essential oils also enter the blood stream and circulate through the body via the lungs.

I formulated the Pure Synergy 'breathe' to team with breathing exercises and for use during meditation and yoga practice where breath work is a core focus. The Pure Synergy 'sleep' has been formulated to calm and settle the nervous system and when teamed with breath work encourages a relaxing and deeply restorative sleep. I also offer the bespoke tailor-made service where you can have a Pure Synergy blended to suit your individual needs.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” — Thich Nhat Hanh