Have you ever stopped and thought, how did I get here? How did I end up in this place, sitting at this table with this person? We can move through life on autopilot, mindlessly transitioning from one day to the next, our bodies taking us where we need to go, with our minds three steps behind. Technological advances, intended to make our lives easier, have created a sense of urgency in a society rewarded for busyness. Each day we become more disconnected from our internal cues, intuition, and the mind-body connection.
Aligning your mind and body is key to living a purposeful and fulfilling life; however, it’s concerning how long we can ignore our thoughts, emotions, and desires to keep up with society’s expectations. Practicing breathwork is an easy and accessible starting point to strengthen your mind-body connection, helping you live a meaningful life filled with intention and purpose, improving your physical and mental health.
While the mind and body are considered separate entities, they are, in fact, intertwined. The mind-body connection believes your thoughts affect your feelings, and feelings affect your thoughts. For example, in a stressful situation, you may feel your heart rate fasten, whereas moving through a yoga class, you’ll feel your mind slow down. How you move or don’t move your body will affect your mind, just like how you think and feel will affect your body.
A strong mind-body connection can influence everything in your life, from eating habits, work-life balance and overall happiness. If you’re drinking too much, undernourishing your body, or inactive, your mind may become anxious, cloudy, or depressed. If you exercise regularly, eat well, and practice mindfulness, you can feel calm, centered, and energized. Restoring your mind-body connection through yoga, ti chi, or breathwork can help improve decision-making, confidence, and time management, helping you feel in control of your life.
With countless benefits, including reduced stress, anxiety, and releasing mental, physical, or emotional blocks, breathwork is a powerful modality to improve the mind-body connection. Breathwork uses mindful breathing to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, quiet your mind, stay present, and create clarity. Breathwork can also open your eyes to negative thought patterns holding you from reaching your full potential and unlocking your purpose.
Our environment easily influences our mindset. Changing your routine to include mindful breathing and consciously avoiding distractions can:
As we’ve now established, a busy, anxious, or stressed mind can affect our bodies. Practicing breathwork regularly can have the following benefits on the body:
Mindful breathing is a type of breathwork that, as it sounds, requires conscious attention to your breath, focusing on each inhale and exhale. It’s an easy and accessible breathing technique that anyone can introduce into their daily routine.
Taking 3-5 minutes for mindful breathing can be the difference between good and bad days. The benefits of mindful breathing include:
Breathing is essential for obvious reasons. However, mindful breathing differs from regular breathing as it requires active attention on the breath and calms the mind. With so many distractions bringing us out of the present moment, staying connected to your breath is important to staying present and living with intention.
The best thing about mindful breathing is that you can do it anywhere, anytime, without requiring breathwork experience. The subtle techniques allow you to practice them in a room full of people when your mind is racing, and your heart is pumping. There are several types of mindful breathing; however, the essential steps are to focus on your inhaling and exhaling, shifting the focus from your thoughts onto your breath.
Three easy and accessible techniques to get started with mindful breathing:
If you feel a disconnect between your mind and body, Breathwork courses are a fun and easy way to introduce mindfulness into your everyday. Once you experience the power of breathwork, find out how to become a certified breathwork instructor if you want to share this unique and effective practice with others.