It seriously is the simplest and most transportable practice I know and it's super effective too.
Whether you're at your work desk, at home or on the tram… This is one you can do anywhere really.
Except for driving ;)
Controlling the breath really does lead to us controlling the mind and hence our experience in that moment.
I hope you have started to notice this in your practice.
As we quieten the mind, the breath stabilises, and body relaxes.
As we steady and calm the breath, the body relaxes and the mind quietens.
And so on.
So at any given moment, you can reconnect, recenter and reground yourself by focusing on and stabilising your breath!
In today's video we aim to control the breath by using a count to make the four "sides" of the breath even.
Take a moment to notice your breath right now, as you read this.
Does it change as you observe it?
How is your posture? Do you need to adjust your posture? and as you do so, does your breath change again?
How are you feeling as you do this?
Then watch the video, practice along with me as your guide.
Just notice what you notice.
What has changed for you?
Sit and enjoy the benefits for a while longer if you can.
Share your experiences below in the comments if you are drawn to.
Sometimes it helps others to hear the stories of fellow travellers of the yoga path.
A few things to note -
Ensure you are comfortably seated with an upright posture as we practiced in Day 10.
Breathe in and out of the nose gently using the abdominal breath. This will be a quieter more controlled breath, than when you forcefully suck the air in through your nose. You want it to feel smooth and relaxed.
And finally, as you move your mind around the square, be sure not to move your head as well. This ain't such a bad thing if you're in your room alone, but might draw unwanted attention if you are sitting on public transport ;)
See you here on the blog again tomorrow,
PS: if you are a meditator or one who wants to start, this is practice is a great to do beforehand. You may notice why for yourself at the end of the practice!