The Reset Breath
Refocus And Recharge In Less Than 2 Minutes
This quick, simple and powerful exercise will help you clear away emotional or mental debris and help you come back to your center and the present moment. It improves focus, attention and wellbeing – it’s like taking an eraser to a chalkboard. This exercise helps to restore the oxygen/carbon dioxide ratio in the bloodstream as well as balance autonomic nervous system function. You can do it as many times a day as you like – you will feel the benefits immediately.
- Find a comfortable, seated position with your spine relatively straight but supported*, and close your eyes.
- Place one hand on your lower belly, the other hand on your upper chest and take 10 full, breaths, in your nose, out your mouth without a pause at the top or bottom. Feel the breath rise like a wave, starting in the lower belly and flowing up to your upper chest. Again, the exhale should be relaxed and easy, not forced, as if you were letting out a sigh at the end of a long workday.
- After your tenth breath, take one more full, deep inhale, as full as you can, and hold at the top for a count of five. Exhale fully, drop your hands and feel the release of all your tension, stress and toxins.
- Witness how you feel. After a few moments, allow your breath to reenter your body and return to normal. Give yourself a few moments to allow this exercise to integrate. When you are ready open your eyes, smile and go on with your day.
*This exercise may make you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Make sure you are sitting and your body is safe. Do not do this exercise while driving or operating heavy farm equipment. 🙂