THE HEALING BREATH
This is a powerful pranayama technique that relaxes the body and connects us with the grounded root of our first chakra, and the gentle flow of our 2nd chakra. It is deeply restorative, very powerful and a wonderful tool for sending healing light and attention to the spaces in our body that need it most.
Start by taking a few full, comfortable breaths.
1. Put your hand on your belly about two finger widths below the navel.
2. Inhale through the nostrils and let the breath move towards your belly, filling the abdomen up with air. You will feel the belly against your hand.
3. Exhale, keeping the belly expanded as you slowly release the breath through the nostrils. Feel the fullness in the belly and the pelvis as the breath releases. This may feel different at first- we are used to pressing our belly in on the inhale, but with time it can become comfortable and easy. There is no need to push the belly out- just a soft subtle fullness that stays present.
Practice this breath 5-10 times a day. It’s great to practice before meditation, and before bed. Explore sending the breath on the exhale to an area of your body that is calling for attention, while keeping a sense of fullness in the abdomen. Once it is comfortable for you to connect with this breath, try it in your yoga practice in a restorative posture, and notice what happens.
Asrael is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a member of the Forest Yogini Collective. She teaches yoga at Harmony Yoga and Yum Yoga.
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