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Renowned breathwork teacher, Ashley Neese, shares how to become conscious of our breathing and use breathwork as a tool to destress or re-energize our bodies and spirits.
Breathwork expert Ashley Neese makes breathing a conscious and purposeful opportunity to check in with our body’s ecosystem.
Today she lays down the foundations of breathwork, defining the different modalities, and gives practical, grounded advice for anyone wanting to cultivate a more mindful approach to breathing. She also treats us to a powerful breathing body scan exercise to help localize where you hold tension and calm your nervous system.
We kick the show off with a beautiful 10 minute breathwork session which I hope you keep coming back to!
Ashley came to breathwork by way of meditation; she found it easier to meditate by counting her breaths for three minutes at a time
There are different types of breathwork, more or less active, but the majority of us are looking to downshift
Start with just three minutes of counting breaths and extending your exhale
If you need to feel energized, stimulate your sympathetic nervous system by breathing through your mouth with some extra effort
Fit in breathwork wherever you are going to be able to be the most consistent, make it easy on yourself
Set a timer if it's helpful for you to release focus on time
When you're breathing throughout the day, focus on your diaphragm, try placing your hand below your ribs to really get a sense of what that feels like
Stretching before practicing your breathwork can help your body open up an release
Ashley's book, How to Breathe offers 25 different practices for readers to pick from
Ashley offers different practices on her website, focusing on a different theme every month, including breathwork, live classes, and journal prompts
Read: How to Breathe: 25 Simple Practices for Calm, Joy, and Resilience by Ashley Neese
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