How can we go through this busy life with some help at moment in time? I have been practicing yoga since 2004. And have been teaching yoga since 2009. I traveled and went to many many workshops and meditation centers but I found it difficult to find something that can assist me with little crazy Kiki when that moment of craziness arrives. And not until I started to work with my breath that I have found my unique ingredient. Pranayama is what I would practice regularly and that would keep my stability. But then I would get off the track or something out of ordinary would happen in my life and I would be out of balance again. And this is when I thought I needed this breath to be able to practice in the moment of craziness but only focusing on the breath would not work as much in those crazy moments. This is when rib cage breathing came to me as an old friend.
Rib cage breathing.
While inhaling, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity, and your lungs expand into it. The muscles between your ribs also help enlarge the chest cavity. Your heart gets more supply. Your whole body gets more breathing space.
To start, bring your hands to your ribs and take longer breaths, both inhale and exhale being the same length. Make sure you do not go into totality of the full capacity as this will bring tensity. And if at any point you feel discomfort come back to your natural flow of the breath. Goal is not to have your shoulders moving while you breathe to your rib cage.
This I found works as a magic wand to me. Now after some time of practice, I engage in this whenever I possibly can. Especially when my little daughter starts screaming, throwing tantrums or just needing Me and I feel crazy Kiki is crawling into me. It feels to me as if I am channelising all that tension and bringing some new supply to myself and automatically to my daughter. I feel I am here in the moment of Now, and she feels that, and because my body is not taking in this unbearable tension but it is channelising. Releasing.
In the evening or whenever time allows, I lie on my back and bring my hand to my heart and my lower abdominal. To feel my heart. To channel these feel good energy to my core. Connecting my heart to my core of myself.
Happy breathing friends and send me questions if you have any or if you want to just talk about it or share your own experiences and progress.
I apply this everywhere. In the shop when a crazy lady is crazy to me, when I need something done and I do not feel it, when Tara needs me, when I feel the lower me is about to come out, when I drive…….It is that simple and free and available to you all the time. The trick between this and just breathing, that I have heard so many times, is that I feel ribs expanding and that’s what tunes me in and gives me a deeper feeling.
Sending you love