According to traditional Chinese medicine, fall is the season of the lung: A time to open up the organ that gives us breath, life, and is linked to the large intestine. "Our lungs are the mediators between the air we inhale and the oxygen in our bloodstreams," explains Jenn Tardif, founder of 3rd Ritual, a wellness and meditation brand. "Focusing on your breath is one of the best and most accessible ways to alter your state of mind, and there's nothing more powerful than harnessing the ability to change your perspective."
The change in season had left me feeling more anxious and sluggish than usual, and there was no question that I was in need of a perspective shift. So I decided to spend a week putting extra emphasis on lung-opening—and the results were remarkable.