Breath Awareness 

We can go multiple days with our food and water but breath is crucial to sustain life.  Many of us go all day and are simply unaware of our breath.  We may have a yoga or meditation practice that will bring awareness to the breath, but what about the other hours is the day? Our breath so important but how much attention do we give it? The first step to any thing is awareness, so that is what we are going to focus on.  

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Most of us are in a habit of breathing higher up in the chest area and bring shallow.  

Donna Farhi, author of The Breathing Book says, “The unconsciously altered breath allows us to survive, but it does not allow us to thrive.” Sure, we all want to survive but can how can we start with thriving, perhaps it can start with our breath.  Your breath will be your biggest teacher, simply by noticing when you are shallow or the quality of the breath.  The good news just by becoming aware of how your are breathing you can change the current patterns.  


Science now tells us that emotional patterns in the body such as joy, anger, fear and sadness are linked to breathing patterns.  The research discovered that certain breath patterns could evoke these emotions as well.  If we can start to bring awareness to our breath and what emotion it is encouraging in the body this is a huge step.   Respiratory Feedback in the generation of emotion