There are so many ways to breathe and models of breathing. Here are some of our favorites:
Kara Willey’s Do Nothing Moment
Hoberman Sphere (breathing ball): open and close this ball to represent the inhale and exhale.
Dandelion breath: On the exhale, pretend you are gently blowing each dandelion seed to the ground one at a time.
Cooling breath: Curl/roll your tongue. Breath in through the mouth (rolled tongue) and out through the nose.
Box breathing: Take a finger and draw a box in the air while you breath. Inhale up, hold to the right, exhale down, hold to the left.
Tense/release: Inhale and tense all the muscles in your body, hold, exhale and release all the tension.
Why do it?
Breathing can reduce anxiety in the moment and long-term with continued practice. It is our natural regulation strategy. Breathing provides an opportunity to transition and focus on being “in the now”.