From all the methods I use in my coaching, be it online or in the REAL LIFE YOGA classes and corporate workshops I teach in Zurich, there is one that amazes me each time I guide my clients through it. And actually it is the simplest technique you could ever think of when it comes to relaxation, yoga and mindfulness.
So here is one wonderful tip for all those who think they cannot meditate, for all those who are stressed and who wish to bring more awareness into their personal or business life, at their desk, in public transport or in the coffee break. You can do this anytime, wherever you are, whatever clothes you wear. Tune in and breathe naturally, this will change your life.
What tuning in and breathing naturally allows us to do is to become more aware of ourselves on a regular basis, training our awareness muscle.
Tune in, step by step
Sit comfortably in a straight position, long back, head tall and shoulders relaxed.
Now close your eyes and breathe naturally. Let the air come in and out of your nostrils, through the throat and down to your abdomen. Do not try to change its natural flow or intensity, just let your breath come and go.
Observe your natural breath
For yourself, just observe how it feels to breathe right here, right now. How does it feel to breathe in my body? Is it deep or subtle? Can I feel my chest or my belly moving together with each inhale and exhale? Can I hear the sound of my own breath? Can I feel the temperature of the air flowing inside my nostrils, slightly cooler on the inhale and warmer on the exhale? Stay there, breathing naturally for 5 more rounds, without attempting to change anything, simply observing and breathing.
Feel your body
As you sit here, breathing naturally, you might start to feel a part of your body that feels a bit tense or which requires more attention from you right now. Let it speak, listen what it tells you, feel it. Now imagine you can breathe anywhere inside your body, not only in your lungs. Imagine your body is completely hollow and that you can consciously breathe into this part of your body which feels tense or uncomfortable. Breathe into that space, go there with all your awareness, breathe out to release a little bit of the tension stored there. Inhale: go into that space inside your body. Exhale deeply: release any stress and tension, just let it go, help it go out of your system with the exhale. Repeat 5 more times. Then slowly open your eyes when you are ready.
Make it your own little yoga challenge, once or twice a day.
What tuning in and breathing naturally allows us to do is to become more aware of ourselves on a regular basis, training our awareness muscle. From there, we can feel more empowered and centered to take action and make better choices in life. Knowing that there is a technique as simple as this to focus on yourself, to come out of your mind, to connect with your body and to feel it. It seems like nothing but it has a great impact. You realise that your breath can help you calm down, it can help you focus anytime you decide. Just by consciously breathing into one place of your body, you can help your body release tensions. How powerful is that?
So make sure you take a moment every now and then, throughout your hectic day at work to tune in and breathe naturally. Make it your own little yoga challenge, once or twice a day. If you don’t have a minute for yourself, simple solution: make it. You can easily trade this minute to tune in with your Self and with your body, let’s say instead of staring at your phone or scrolling down your LinkedIn feed.