When stress or anxious thoughts arise, our breathing can feel tight, shallow, and uncomfortable. It's a common feeling and a sign that we need to pause and take care of ourselves.
Breathing well allows us to enjoy clarity, steady emotions, and calm. Breathing keeps us grounded.
Here is a short sequence that keeps stress at bay and enables us to breathe through tricky times. It takes 15 minutes and you can easily do it at home. It works by creating space for the organs of the respiratory system to function optimally. This releases tension in the muscles, bones, and tissue. The whole body softens, the breath returns to its most natural, effortless rhythm, and the mind returns to stillness.
Along with your yoga mat, you'll need a bolster (or rolled-up firm blanket), two yoga bricks, a blanket, and a strap. If the bricks feel hard, just use a small towel instead to modify the poses to suit you.
When life challenges us, reconnecting with the effortless breath we were born with restores perspective and reminds us of our inner strength. May this simple sequence bring you calm in the face of stress and back into the beauty of your natural relaxation response.