#BE15for15 – Day 13 – Positions and stuff

#BE15for15 – Day 13 – Positions and stuff

So far, we have only really talked about connecting with our breathing practice in a sitting or standing position.  There are many positions that can be useful and comfortable for connecting with the breath.  Today, I encourage you to choose a different position than how you have previously been practicing.

Some possible options for how to connect with your breath during your practice include –

 

Lying on your back with a bolster or pillow under your knees

Lying on your back with a bolster or pillow under your knees

 

Lying on back with your knees bent

Lying on back with your knees bent

 

Lying on back with your lower legs on the seat of a couch/chair

Lying on back with your lower legs on the seat of a couch/chair

 

Lying on back with your legs up against a wall

Lying on back with your legs up against a wall

 

Another position I particularly like to use while practicing my own breathing position is the psoas release position.  I don’t have any photos of myself in this position currently, so I encourage you to read this post by Katy Bowman about the psoas (and check out her blog, books and materials in general) and give a thorough look at the photo of her lying on her back with a bolster under her head and shoulders as she demonstrates the psoas release position (about half way down the page).  This position is particularly helpful with a breathing practice as it addresses part of the super common rib thrusting tendency that I have mentioned previously.  Spending time in this position can help with realigning the diaphragm and the pelvic floor so they can stack vertically over each other again.

 

When you feel ready to begin your practice, choose your position for today,  set your timer – or press play to begin your guided Daily Breathe Easy practice (included with the Breathe Easy audio book).  Allow yourself to continue to observe your breath for 15 minutes.  Notice any thoughts, sensations, or emotions that reveal themselves to you through this experience.  Do not fight them or judge them.  Simply notice what shows up and allow it to be.  Keep connecting with the movement of your breath in your body and notice how your experience may be different in this different position.

Maintain this connection to your breath and when you feel ready, gently blink your eyes open if you have closed them.

Notice how you feel after connecting with your breath.  If you are using a journal during this process (which I highly recommend), record how you feel after your second 15 minute experience.  How does it feel to connect with your breath in this different position? Write down any observations that feel important to you about this awareness based experience with your breath in your journal now. Did this experience feel challenging?  Did it feel easy?  What did you notice?  Was your practice today different than yesterday?  If so, in what way(s)?  Remember to be kind and to give yourself the gift of grace.  Tomorrow we will connect with breathing on all sides of the body.  If you have any thoughts or questions you would like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments section!  I’ll do my best to keep up!

Happy Breathing!

<3 Martha

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