I'm a barre fitness instructor at a studio called Karve in Gilbert, Arizona. It's a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates and is one killer, amazing workout. It's the only exercise regimen that I've ever seen results from consistently doing. I love instructing because I get to meet new people and get to help them achieve their fitness goals while they motivate me to keep mine. It's an amazing atmosphere and if you're ever nearby I'd love for you to stop by for a class! You're first one is free!
So, at the end of every class we reserve time for quiet stretching and meditation. It's my favorite part of the class because you've spent an hour pushing your body to the limit and then you're rewarded with a few minutes to clear your mind and center yourself.
I recently learned about a breathing exercise that's proven to be extremely effective in my own life. I've incorporated it into my end-of-class meditations and gotten positive feedback from my clients so I thought I'd share it here with you.
I read an article by Andrew Weil, M.D. (who I've used for guided imagery before and really enjoyed) called Breathing: Three Exercises. One of the three breathing exercises he suggests is the 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise.
First, exhale out your mouth until all the air is out of your lungs.
Next, close your mouth and breath in through your nose for 4 counts.
Then, hold your breath for 7 counts.
Finally, exhale out through your mouth for 8 counts.
Repeat three more times.
This breathing exercise is so effective for me and has been really helpful at relaxing me before I go to sleep. Even if I only have a few minutes to myself, this is a quick way to clear my mind and help ease any stresses I might be dealing with at that moment.
If you find 5 minutes to yourself today or you are having trouble falling asleep tonight, try this breathing exercise! Then, come back and let me know how it worked for you!
I hope you all find some time to close your eyes and relax today.
Do you think you'll try this breathing exercise?