ARE YOU BREATHING?

Tim Ferriss,ย author of Tools of Titans ย shares his list of rapid-fire questions that he’s collected and created for any social situation.

How can you make the most of every conversation?

You can create interesting prompts and then actively listen to the answer.

The question I thought about this morning is……

“If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?”

I wish I had more than one billboard, but for the sake of the exercise, It would say….

ARE YOU BREATHING?

I have a theory that if people were more aware of their breath, there would be less road rage, less anxiety, less bullying in schools and less arguing in relationships.

Our breath anchors us.
It nurtures us.
It reminds us that we are safe.
It steadies us before every situation and challenge.

The next time you feel that you are in a stressful or overwhelming situation, ask yourself,

“Am I breathing?”

If you answer YES, your body’s relaxation response is engaged and your body can function from a supported and awakened position.

If you answer NO, your body’s sympathetic nervous system prepares your system for action. The hypothalamus triggers your stress response and within seconds a flood of stress hormones ย crashes through your blood stream. So unless you are being chased by a wild boar or trapped inside a burning building, you probably don’t want to activate an emergency response in your body.

Your digestion, growth, reproduction can shut down and your cortisol levels will drive the boat without your guidance.

Breathe!

Keep your energy available and bring awareness back to your belly.
Relax your jaw, your shoulders and feel the movement that your breath creates in your body and your mind.

At the beginning of every
ย Safe Training Strategy session we begin with breath work. This allows each participant to pay close attention to signs that might indicate imbalance or fatigue.

The breath restores energy and supports us throughout every pose, every conversation and every experience.

Breathe and all will be revealed.
Our breath allows us to expand our ability to tackle anything at anytime.

By: Jacqueline M. Cohen

Co-Founder of #STS