“When the breath is irregular, the mind wavers; when the breath is steady, so is the mind. As long as there is breath within the body, there is life. When breath departs, life also departs. Therefore, regulate the breath.” -Hatha Yoga Pradipika ✨
It’s amazing how profoundly healing it can be to simply take a few deep breaths. 💫
When we take shallow breaths, we’re using the respiratory muscles around our neck and throat. But when we breathe deeply, we’re using our diaphragm and the muscles around our abdomen. This allows our neck and throat to relax, which allows the muscles of our face to relax, which begins to reduce the tension on our brain. So by slowing down our breath, we’re physically calming our body, enabling us to slow down our thoughts and become still, relaxed, and present. 💗
This beautiful necklace by @komusodesign is such a wonderfully helpful tool to start connecting with your breath. It looks a bit like a whistle but instead of blowing into it, you take a deep inhale through it. Then as you exhale through it, it slows down your breathing to help bring you back into a relaxed state. Of course, you don’t need anything special in order to connect with your breath, but for me this little necklace has been such a wonderful training tool as I continue to work on cultivating mindfulness.
I’m grateful that in the moments I feel stressed, overwhelmed, or nervous, I can reach for this necklace and it brings me back to my breath. 💗🙏 📹: @calistreetshots 💫