As I mentioned in my 2018ex Explained overview, I spent the month of January pondering, reflecting, taking stock of my life, and setting intentions. I was gathering, absorbing, and taking things in. Now I’m ready to Exhale.
This month, I want you to join me in a united intention: just breathe.
The beautiful thing about the intentions I’ve set for this year is that they’ll work to support YOU in whatever your own personal, individual goals are.
Think about your goals and breathe in acceptance, gratitude, motivation, and positivity.
Then breathe out resistance, fears, doubts, and negativity.
Very literally, breathing is a form of control. I’ve just started going to yoga every morning at 5:30 a.m., and if you know me, you know how revolutionary that is. It’s challenging me and pushing me and showing me in concrete terms exactly how powerful breathing can be. When we feel tightness in a pose, yoga instructors often tell us to breathe into that place in the body. Breathe into your hip. Breathe into your hamstrings. Breathe into those trembling arms.
This month, I hope we’ll all take the time to breathe into any challenging place we may find ourselves. When we’re stressed for any reason, we tend to breathe more shallowly. That’s when it’s most important to take deep, cleansing breaths. Here are three yoga breathing exercises to try, which are great for times of stress and anxiety—or simply to help us draw in the power we need to live our best lives.