Quix Tip: Breathe

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Breathing is not only the most important part of yoga, it is the most important part of being alive.  Your body completes this simple, beautiful task every moment of your life without the mind having to keep track of it, or put it on the To Do list. Beyond feeding the body with oxygen, breathing can pull you out of fretting about the past or future and connect you to the present moment. There is no other place, no other time that the breath can happen than right here, right now.

  1. You may find it helpful to close your eyes.
  2. Notice how you’re naturally breathing. Follow your breath’s path. Is it labored, shallow, quick, full, excited?
  3. Take a full, slow inhale, filling and relaxing the belly. Don’t strain, just allow the filling of new life, new oxygen, new energy.
  4. Pause at the top of the cycle of breath when you are completely full. What does it feel like to be completely full, to be at the moment of completion?
  5. Release your breath fully and deeply in a long, slow, relaxed manner. Slowly, deeply, fully, let your breath release all tension, worry, fatigue in your body and mind.
  6. Pause at the bottom, the place of no breath, completely empty. What does it feel like to have released everything and be in a moment of empty stillness?
  7. It may help your noticing to make the sound of your breath audible.

You can do this slow noticing anytime, anywhere for as long or as short a time as you’d like. Your breath is a simple gift that is always with you, a golden ticket that can be consciously used at any moment to bring you in good relation to the most wonderful place and time – right here, right now.

Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s teams building and team development activities:

Office Yoga – Learn simple techniques to stay productive at your desk or energize your off-site.

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