Here’s what you can expect from the Breathe Me 7-Step Quick Start Program -
By the end of the program, you'll have mastered the basic breathing techniques that can be used in an assortment of ways to make a powerful difference in your life. Pretty much everything we do is a combination of these methods so you couldn't pick a better place to start than this.
Let's do it shall we? Click on Step 1 to get started.
The key takeaway from this first step is simple - If you want to increase your energy, focus on the inhale of your breath.
Yes, your breath really does energise you. You actually know this already, and will have used it unconsciously many, many times in your life. But applying it consciously is a game changer.
There are two variables to your breath - depth and speed. Your breath can be deep or shallow, and it can be slow or fast. Combine the two variables and your breath can be deep and slow or shallow and fast and every variation in between.
So for today, in our 3-minute Breathe Me Quick Start exercise, we’re going to play with this. We’ll play with the depth and the speed of the inhale.
Follow along with Angie’s tempo and notice what happens for you. Notice the impact this has on your ‘state’ and notice especially how impactful the last minute of this breathing exercise is.
And notice how you feel after the exercise as well. While the experience of each breathing exercise is pleasant, it's the impact it will have on your life that you're really after.
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PS - In case you don’t know it already, Breathe Me Active is a yawn friendly zone. Go on. Why not let one out now?
No prizes for guessing where our focus is for this step. Exhalation = Relaxation.
As with the first step, we’ll play with depth and speed, but notice how much of a difference it makes by putting the focus on the exhale.
Notice that you can either actively force the air out of the lungs, or you can just passively let the air out. At times it seems as if gravity is doing the work.
Notice the difference between long and slow exhales and short and fast exhales. Which is most relaxing for you? More importantly, just notice that it is relaxing.
Where could you use that? Before a speech? A presentation? Job interview? Even before going to bed.
Anytime. Anywhere. You can take charge with the breath.
Here’s something fascinating about the breath.
We do it all the time and hardly even notice it. But as soon as we bring awareness to it, our experience changes dramatically.
In this step we’re introducing our first pattern - triangle breathing.
You’ve probably given very little thought to your own natural breathing pattern, but triangle breathing is the default unconscious pattern for most of us.
Breathe in, breathe out, pause; breath in, breathe out, pause... Rinse and repeat.
If you are with someone else, take a few moments to watch them breathing. Assuming they aren’t thinking of their breathing, there’s a good chance they are following a triangular pattern.
And as soon as you start following a triangular pattern consciously, things get a little magical. It’s like you take a holiday in your head.
You enter the goldilocks zone, where everything is juuuust right, the honey pot for health. Try it for yourself...
Circle breathing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Simple but powerful.
When you think of circle breathing think of a wheel. A wheel is a circle you can use to move things. You can use circular breathing to move things also. Stuck energy. Trapped anger. Fear. Discomfort. Overwhelm.
Any kind of tension can be shifted with some rhythmic circular breathing.
Take it for a test drive and see for yourself.
Square breathing. Sometimes called box breathing or tactical breathing. This is the technique that elite military personnel use to calm themselves before a tactical operation. One to keep up your sleeve any time you are ‘going into battle’.
Triangular breathing has a grounding impact. Circular breathing allows you to shift things. And now square breathing allows you to contain them.
Breathe in. Hold. Breathe out. Hold. Continue...
OK. Let’s mix things up a little.
Today we’re going to combine circular and triangle breathing to create a quick little 3-minute energising routine.
This is perfect to add to your morning routine. You could even do it while the kettle is boiling for your coffee.
OK. Let’s mix things up a little more.
In the last step, we used a circle, triangle, circle routine to energise. Guess what happens when we flip that sequence and go with a triangle, circle, triangle. Relaxation.
As you’d expect this pattern is ideal to round out your day. You don’t have to wait till you go to bed though. Any time you’re up for a bit of relaxation, pull this one out of your box of tricks and put it to work.