It sounds simple enough.
Did you know that we only use around 30% of our lungs full capacity when we breathe? We are a world of shallow breathers!
In yoga, it is called Pranayama. It is considered our 'life force'. To the non-yogis, this still makes sense because, if we're not breathing, we're not living! Literally.
It's easy for us to forget that breathing is one of the most vital things we are doing subconciously, just as out brain ignites movement without us thinking too much about it, our legs take us for walks without too much thought and our heart beats along with us on a daily basis without our having to flick a switch.
However, once we take some time to focus on our breath, we can see significant change in our overall being.
Simple breathing excersises; such as counting in seconds, our in-breath and matching this with our out-breath has an effect on us that is very powerful. It calms the mind, the nervous system, increases our awareness and helps to steady anxiety, nervousness and allows for clear thinking.
Have you ever taken a big sigh and felt relief? Well, Pranayama works on a similar principle. If we allow some time to tune into ourselves, listen to our breath and slow the pace - life will open the door to some calm, well-earned relief.