Breath and Stillness for Everyone
Breath and Stillness Part Two: Practice Suggestions and Tips
Cultivating a Comfortable Practice Space
- If possible, choose a quiet space to practice. If that is not possible, decide ahead of time that other noises or aspects of where you are practicing can help you practice by serving as a focus point. If possible, set up a regular practice spot so you can simply go there and begin. You just need enough space so that you can find a comfortable position-that position is up to you.
- Consider diffusing a relaxing natural essential oil
- practice in silence or if you desire sound, use soft low music or “white noise”
- Gathering what you need is dependent on the position in which you will practice breathwork, deep relaxation and meditation.
- Add in anything that helps you feel relaxed, safe and ready to practice.
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Suggestions for Positions to Practice in:
- For breathwork and mediation, I recommend a position in which your spine can be lengthened and in a straight line from neck to pelvis and your torso can expand fully and naturally intended so you breath without hindrance. This offers many options depending of what works for you.
- It is up to you to figure out what position is best. You will develop this over the period of time while practicing. You will find that you may practice in a variety of positions at different times.
- If seated on the floor, placing a pillow, bolster or folded blankets under your body to elevate the hips slightly from the floor.
- If seated up off the floor, placing a block or blankets under your feet so they are supported and not hanging in the air from a chair seat.
Suggestions for Length of Practice Time
- Length of practice is something that you decide upon for yourself.
- For meditation and breathwork, I suggest beginning with a shorter time period and then slowly lengthen as you practice consistently. For example, start with a timeframe that ranges from 2 minutes to 5 minutes. Then, expand your practice from there.
- Some people use timers or watches and others simply practice or count breaths.
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Suggestions for when during the day to practice:
- Practicing in the morning can offer you a wide open, calm perspective heading into the day.
- Practicing in the evening can provide a more restful night of sleep.
- Consider having one of your practices at a consistent time each day.
General Suggestions support your practice
- Investigate becoming perceptive of what is happening inside your body and investigate with objective observation.
- Consider practicing daily to several times per week. I recommend a consistent practice.
- Journaling or writing about your practice, intentions for practice.
- Movement before practice can help you relax and prepare the body for being still. This will vary for everyone. Some suggestions are a yoga practice, taking a walk or any other movement that works for you. At times the body feels stiff or sore, so doing some movement beforehand will support the body (and mind) in being still more comfortably.
- Consider taking a walk or movement break during your practice if you want to break up being still.
- Also consider taking a walk or movement before or after to transition into and out of practice.
- Have water or hot tea available for before or after your practice.
- Know that however you practice, it works. There is no right way. You need to create what works for you.
Be Still in Haste
Next: Breath and Stillness Part Three: Practices for you
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