‘Breath in, 1,2,3 and out 1,2,3. In through your nose and out through your nose’. The calming and gentle voice of Michael Townsend-Williams is talking to me from my laptop. I have signed up for his 6 week course on breathing as I have realised whilst I can breathe without any conscious help I wonder whether my breathing is effective and supporting me. I met Michael at the DO Lectures in July this year. He has a presence that is both calming yet makes you curious to want to know a little more. I joined Michaels breathing workshop and started to discover some new things about my breathing.
1. Whilst I breath without thought or consciousness (we all do!) I sometimes held my breath when I thought about something hard or when I was scared. When you hold your breath you are starving your brain of oxygen and therefore are not thinking clearly – take a deep breath to enable you to think effectively. 2. Learning to take long slow breaths through your nose for the count of 6 and out for 6 is harder than you think yet once you do find your rhythm it does have a calming effect, it grounded me and I felt more level. 3. Lying on the floor and consciously breathing is surprisingly relaxing. Big full deep breaths from the belly vs small shallow gulps from the upper chest. Try it for 5 minutes, it feels great. 4. Breathing through your nose is way more effective than your mouth. I genuinely can’t recall why but as I write this now breathing through my mouth feels stranger than breathing through my nose! Try for yourself…………. 5. Read Michael’s book on breathing: DO/Breathe. Calm your mind. Find Focus. Get stuff done!It talks all about: