Take a deep breath, open your mouth and let it go. The feeling of release can be so easily accomplished day to day by just exhaling.
Our breath, though an involuntary action, can tell us so much. Given to us at birth, our breath grows and changes as we do. Each individual’s breath can be impacted and varied by physical, mental, and spiritual aspects we encounter as we go through life. We unconsciously have altered our breath as we navigate through our experience in this world.
But just as easy as it has changed, we can transform it to become something so free, so natural, so essential.
I remember the first time I had a panic attack. I went to a funeral of an acquaintance who has passed away in a car accident. At only 17, her life was gone. We weren’t super close but it shook me to my core. I remember gasping for air on the bathroom floor unable to catch my breath.
When finally I heard a voice say “just exhale.” Maybe it was God, maybe it was her but I let all of the air out and finally created space to inhale once more.
Sometimes we need this nudge in our every day life. Release so that you have room to take in more.
A theme I touch on a lot in my teaching and writings, release what no longer serves you.
Stagnant air, stagnant energy, that of the past…just let it go.
We can learn so much from the breath. We are able to facilitate the release of so much. What can you let go of today?
The breath can also help us find that connection with ourself and the present moment. Mindfulness gives us the opportunity to notice the thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise within us from breath to breath. Become aware of your breath, your body, and your mind, and through this awareness come to peace with ourselves.
This is breath work.
I have an exercise I want to share with you. It’s called box breathing. Finding control of the breath through pranayama can move us into our essential breathing.
If you’re interested in learning more about breath work check out my newest virtual workshop, Breathwork: Creating Space to Breath Easy.
For a limited time, I’m also offering 30-minute breath work sessions for only $33/session and 60-minutes for $100/session (virtual (zoom) or in-person (Alexandria, VA). Experience the transformation through facilitated release in order to find room for expansion in your life. Sign up today!
xo Vanessa Michele