Most of us have changed our regular routine during this time where there is a focus on social distancing in order to slow the spread of covid-19. Some of us are even quarantined at home or may be experiencing an illness at this time. Wherever you are and whatever state you are in, you always have your breath to follow. Tuning into your breath focuses your attention on the present moment. Further, you steady your breath by inhaling and exhaling to even counts of 4 (or 3 or 5, as long as it’s relaxed and even on the inhale and exhale), you naturally calm and balance your nervous system.
Here’s a 6 minute video of me demonstrating a few gentle movements to relax your neck and ribcage followed by a minute of this breathing technique. Skip, or dial back, any movements that hurt. This should feel good! Feel free to extend the amount of time you practice the breathing technique. You can do this at your desk any time to allow for more oxygen to reach your lungs – it’s a great reset during your day.
Take care of yourself and others, nourish your body, mind and soul. And keep moving!
Totally unnecessary side note: I think it’s pretty clear from this video that I’m not a professional videographer…forgot to clean off my kitchen counter and yes that’s sourdough bread growing in the background. 🙂