We’re so excited to bring you this post with Britt and Tara from Elevate the Globe. From their high vibe vegan lifestyle and expertise in Kundalini yoga and meditation to their Elevator podcast and blog challenges, we’re seriously obsessed—and we know you’re going to love them, too.
Breath is the most important thing in our lives because it literally gives us life! By elevating the quality of our breath, we can enhance and expand our lives. The amount of oxygen our brain and organs receive makes a huge difference in the way they function—and, ultimately, in the way we feel. We are all about feeling great and living in the high vibrational emotions of love, joy and freedom, and our breath is one of the key tools that allows us to do just that. Breathing properly on a philosophical level helps increase our consciousness and awareness levels and has been proven to help digestion, balance, posture, change your brainwaves and lower stress levels. We’re excited to share tips on how you can incorporate breathwork into your life.
HOW TO BREATHE
It sounds funny, but most of us weren’t taught to breathe correctly. The correct way is to breathe into the belly, not the chest. Expand your stomach out on the inhale and contract it on the exhale. Most people do it the opposite way! We want to breathe this to pull the diaphragm down and move the blood in the lowest part of the lungs, which is the richest for oxygen. To practice this, put both hands over your belly button. Breathe in and feel your stomach expand, then breathe out and push the stomach gently back in with it. The more you practice this, the more natural it becomes. This is the first step to expanding both your breath capacity and higher levels of health and happiness!
CONNECT TO YOUR BREATH
It’s so important to have a conscious relationship with our breath! Even though we breathe unconsciously, when we consciously connect, everything changes. It allows us to come to the present moment and be grounded, which is what we need to manifest and bring abundance and prosperity into our lives. To practice this, stand or sit and relax your body. Breathe deep, in and out, eight times, to hit each one of your eight chakras (which are your body’s energy centers): root (base of your spine), sacral (sex organs), naval (stomach), heart (center of chest just above the heart), throat (throat), third eye (forehead between the eyes), crown (top of the head) and aura (the bubble around your body). Feeling your breath in each of these areas helps to connect in a deeper way and balances the energy centers.
CHECK YOUR BREATH PATTERNS
Start to pay attention to your breath patterns and speed. For example, anxiety and other low vibration emotions are associated with faster, shallow breathing. Notice when you tend to hold your breath, and when you breathe faster and shorter, and start to shift those patterns. Breathing longer and slower changes and slows your brain wave frequency, lowers stress levels and slows mind chatter. Try timing yourself for one minute and see how many breath cycles you take. The goal is to have eight or less breaths per minute. Once you have your number, work to take slower, longer breaths regularly. Over time, slower breaths will be the norm for you!
SLOW DOWN YOUR BREATH
Now that you’re aware of your breath patterns and identified how many breaths you’re at per minute, you can start to focus on slowing your breath. Awareness is the first step to changing anything, so virtual high fives to you!
For a gauge: on average, men breathe at 16-18 cycles a minute and women breathe at 18-20 cycles per minute. If you can slow down your breath to eight cycles a minute, you’ll feel more relaxed, positively influence your parasympathetic nervous system and elevate your own ability to heal. Four cycles a minute will give you greater awareness, clarity and sensitivity. At this point, the pituitary and pineal glands coordinate to produce a heightened meditative state. If you can make it all the way to one cycle per minute in meditation or at least once a day, some pretty amazing things start to happen. In One Minute Breath, you take 20 seconds to inhale, hold for 20 seconds and then exhale for 20 seconds. This stimulates the best cooperation between the brain hemispheres and puts a damper on feelings of fear, anxiety and worry.
Try sitting down and straightening your spine. Put your hands on the ground (palms up or down, depending on how you feel). Set your timer for one minute to see how long and slow you can get your breath and count your recitations. Continue to work on this every day if possible and try to beat your “breath score!”
START YOUR DAY WITH AT LEAST THREE MINUTES OF DEEP BREATHING
The other 23 hours and 57 minutes of your day will go so much better, we promise! Setting up your day in a grateful, calm place will improve your vibration, point of attraction and overall wellness. Put on some mantras or music and get blissed out before your shower.
BRING MORE BREATH INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
When you’re mindful of your breath in all your daily activities, you’ll be able to elevate your vibration and feel higher frequency emotions like true joy and happiness. Meditating and doing the three minutes of breathing in the morning is the first step, consciously breathing is the next. Set a timer on your phone called “Breath Check” a few times a day—or even every hour!—and use it as a reminder to check your breath. Before long, you’ll naturally do this throughout the day!
BREATHE IN NATURE
Connecting to nature with your breath is so healing and powerful. We love to meditate under trees and at the beach, and bring plants into our homes and meditation spaces. There are so many amazing plants that elevate the quality of the air in our homes. Open up the windows and doors for as little as 10 minutes a day!
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Britt and Tara are High Vibrational Lifestyle Experts, Kundalini yogis, and two best friends on a mission to elevate humans and make this world a more loving place. They are obsessed with living the high vibe life and empowering people just like you to live a life you love so much you can’t even handle it…. except you totally can, like a boss that’s super zen! Learn more here.