Have you tried transformational breathing yet? While everyone knows how to breathe enough to stay alive, it seems that we aren’t all breathing as well as we could be. Deeper breathing could be the key to a calmer, more tranquil and energized existence – and it’s certainly winning fans across the celebrity circuit. So how do you master transformational breathing if you don’t fancy heading on a specialized holiday, or hiring a specialist? Here’s some great tips to get started.
1. Get Comfortable
Lie on your back in a comfortable position. It’s a good idea to remove anything uncomfortable before you start transformational breathing, and don’t forget to put your phone on silent for ten minutes! The technique requires full, uninterrupted attention the first few times, until you fully know what you are doing. Once you are comfortable, start steadily inhaling and exhaling. Try to draw breath from your diaphragm, not your chest, and keep this going for several minutes.
2. Let Go
Now it’s time to let go of negativity. Most people carry negative traumas, emotional imprints and unexpressed emotions in their subconscious, and this can become overwhelming. You don’t need to revisit these feelings: just let go of them, breathing them out and allowing them to surface.
3. Keep Your Mouth Open
Yes, you might feel a bit odd, but you should keep your mouth open at all times. Ideally, your mouth should be so open that you could fit a finger between your teeth throughout the process. It’ll feel strange at first, and you’ll probably have to keep reminding yourself to open your mouth, but you’ll find the breathing flows much easier once you get used to it.
4. Don’t Hold Your Breath
Forget all those facts about how long the perfect breath should take, or how many seconds should pass between breathing in and breathing out. To really maximize transformational breathing, you need to avoid holding your breath. That means smoothly transitioning between breathing in and breathing out every time. It feels bizarre at first, but again, you’ll pick it up! As soon as you’ve finished breathing out, start inhaling again.
5. Practice Often
Transformational breathing does feel strange, and it’s a lot easier whilst you are lying down. Start by clearing a few minutes every day to lie down somewhere comfortable and practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Make sure you review your progress regularly, too – you don’t want to realize you’ve been closing your mouth, or holding your breath, three weeks down the line!
6. Change Places
Once you’ve mastered lying down, try sitting up. When you’ve got the basics down, you’ll be able to calm yourself down and release stress wherever you are, without anyone noticing. It’s ideal for busy commutes, or packed offices! Give it a try next time you’re on the train, or waiting in traffic. Just make sure you stick to the original rules – mouth open, no holding your breath.
7. Perfect the Technique
Once you’re a transformational breathing master, take it up a level by adding in timings. Ideally, every inhalation should be around three times longer than exhalation – so three seconds, to every one. You’ll want to be breathing deep from the diaphragm, not from the chest, too.
With celebs like Gwen Stefani and Kate Hudson reportedly huge fans of transformational breathing, it’s definitely something that you should try. After all, who doesn’t wish that they could enter a more serene mindframe at will!? There’s even support groups and holiday camps popping up across the world to support transformational breathing fans, so you might even find a new circle of friends. Have you tried transformational breathing? Will you be giving it a go? I’d love to hear whether it’s working for you!