No, this isn’t a blog about all natural mints or mouthwash. 🙂
At the Herbal Conference we were lucky enough to have taken ALisa Starkweather’s workshop, Optimizing Our Health in the Time of Toxicity. When we read the title we were a bit nervous it might be a little depressing, talking about the toxic exposure we’re subject to daily, but to our delight this was not the case…we were in for a real treat. ALisa was one of the most inspiring speakers we’ve ever seen. She said a lot of amazing things but one of my favorite things she said was “The depth of your breath reflects the depth of your life.” So, what does this mean? It means that when our breath is short and shallow, we’re not living life to the fullest, we’re holding back; we’re not taking a lot in and we’re not letting a lot go. When our breath is deep, we’re taking life in at it’s fullest, and we’re letting go of things fully as well. A deep breath is a healthy breath.
Observe your breath, take note of when it’s shallow or deep. Notice what’s going on in the moments of short breaths vs. long breaths. Most likely the short breaths come during times of tension and stress while the longer breaths arrive during times of relaxation and relief.
Find time in your day to make sure to take a few long, deep, luxurious breaths. Before bed is a great time to do this, it will help you ease into a restful night of sleep. Like everything, cultivating a deep breath takes work. Here’s a technique called the 478 breath that we learned at Integrative Nutrition from Dr. Andrew Weil:
- Breathe in through your nose for 4 count
- Hold the breath in for 7 count
- Let go of the breath through the mouth for 8 count
He suggests doing this 2 times a day, once in the morning and once at night. He also recommends only doing 4 breath cycles at a time to start. What’s great is that this can be done anywhere, anytime.
As they say in Yoga, Breath is Life. What type of life would you like your breath to reflect?
with love and deep breaths,