I love this simple breathing technique. I have so many clients that come to me and say they hate to meditate or they don't have time. With this simple 5-5-7 breath, it is a wonderful place to start the idea of tuning into the present moment through your breath.
This breath also shifts you from a state of low digestive activity to full digestive force. At every meal or snack, any time food is about to pass across your lips ask yourself, “Am I about to eat under stress?” If the answer is yes, pause and do this breathing exercise.
The benefits of this daily breathing technique are many. It will immediately calm your sympathetic nervous system and allow you to drop into a state of consciousness and presence. Implement this breath during your day, especially has you find yourself in a state of panic or heightened anxiety.
Here's how to do it. Take 10 long slow deep breaths using this simple method....
1. Inhale for a count of 5,
2. Hold at the top for a count of 5
3. and exhale for a count of 7. Let the exhale be a bit longer than the inhale.
As you continue this conscious breathing, scan the senses. The scent of the air in your nose, the red and oranges of your eyelids, your taste buds, the feeling of your butt
on the chair and your feet spread wide on the earth, the sound of my voice. Inhale... hold... and exhale. Keep breathing and scanning, tuning in with a heightened awareness. Repeat 10x.