One of my many goals for this year, is to really tune-in and listen to my body…its needs, its wants, its desires. And one thing I have recently discovered about myself, is that the way I start my morning does strongly impact the rest of my day. In recent months, I have given myself 10 extra minutes to wake-up, be present and take a little “me” time before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. A few months ago, I read a post on energizing yourself first thing in the morning while still in bed, before your day starts, through a series of very intentional breathing exercises. While I have been practicing the breathing technique for several months now, I discovered this morning that the rhythm and pace of the breath also makes a huge difference in the overall experience for me. Today, I needed to feel a little extra energy… so it was strong, fast-paced breathing that I needed. While other days I seek a sense of calm or peace and find the very slow, methodical breathing does the trick. Give the Breath of Fire a try and see what works for you!
Below is an excerpt from The Well Daily, one of my go-to resources for inspiration and information in all things wellness:
It’s called Breath of Fire, and all you have to do is pair a few vigorous inhales and exhales with a subtle, fast-paced contraction of your abs. In less time than it takes to get up and turn on the coffeemaker, Breath of Fire will warm your body and cleanse your system. Plus, taking a minute or two to focus (instead of springing out of bed at the first ring of the alarm clock) will send you into your day feeling calmer and happier.
Sit comfortably and try this to raise your internal thermostat.
- Take three deep breaths in and deep breaths out.
- Inhale through your nose.
- Exhale the air out of your diaphragm forcefully through your nose, pumping your navel center in toward your spine.
- Strongly inhale through your nose, again strongly pumping your navel center in towards your spine.
- Repeat at an even pace for about a minute.
As you get used to it, try increasing your speed. If you start to feel light-headed, scale back—you should feel nothing but invigorated and totally ready to make the most of your day.
You can check out the entire post on Breath of Fire, here!