Sunshine Coast – Meditation and Breathing Workshop – 3 April

Today we enjoyed a meditation and breathing workshop! 

 

Paola taught us many meditation techniques to improve our sleeping and be more relax.

 

Mediation 1

 

Breathing techniques are practices that involve deliberate control and manipulation of one’s breath to achieve various physiological, psychological, and emotional effects. These techniques have been used for centuries in various cultures around the world for purposes such as relaxation, stress reduction, enhancing focus, improving physical performance, and promoting overall well-being.

Here are a few breathing techniques that we learned today:

  1. Diaphragmatic Breathing (or Belly Breathing):
    • This technique involves deep breathing by engaging the diaphragm muscle, which is located below the lungs.
    • To practice diaphragmatic breathing, sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your abdomen to rise while keeping your chest relatively still. Exhale slowly through your mouth, feeling your abdomen fall.
    • This technique is often used for stress reduction and relaxation.
  2. 4-7-8 Breathing:
    • This technique, popularized by Dr. Andrew Weil, involves inhaling for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of seven, and exhaling for a count of eight.
    • Begin by exhaling completely through your mouth, then inhale quietly through your nose for four seconds. Hold your breath for seven seconds, then exhale completely through your mouth for eight seconds.
    • 4-7-8 breathing is often used as a relaxation technique to promote sleep or reduce anxiety.

These are just a few examples of breathing techniques, and there are many others available. It’s essential to find the technique that works best for you and incorporate it into your daily routine for maximum benefits. Remember that consistent practice is key to experiencing the full effects of breathing techniques. Additionally, if you have any underlying health conditions, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new breathing practices.

 

Mediatation 5

 

Mediation 3 Meditation 4

 

At the end we were very relaxed and ready for a nap! We can’t wait to have another class with Paola!

 

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