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How to Make Every Breath Count

Updated: Oct 8, 2022

Breathe in. Breathe out. It’s that simple. Put your breath in your belly where it belongs.

Woman in bright pink yoga top and blue yoga pants in Easy Pose and Gyan Mudra on a teal yoga mat on a wood deck with green trees in the background
Breathe in. Breathe out. It’s that simple. Photo © Copyright by Laura Brown Photography.

Take a moment to notice your breath wherever you are right now. Where is it in your body? I’m serious. Feel your breath in your body. Is it fillings your lungs on each inhale? Are you holding on to your exhale? How deep in the belly does your breath reach? Is it traveling to the belly or is it staying in your chest and shoulders?

If you’re feeling low on energy or tired today, your breath can be doing a lot more for you.

Your breath is one of your greatest sources of energy, but most of us aren’t even taking one full, mindful breath a day.

Put your belly in your belly where it belongs. Here’s a practice to get you started.

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Practice It: Breathe In, Breathe Out

  • Become aware of your posture. Sit up with a long, tall spine. Align your shoulders over your hips and your head over heart.

  • As you breathe in, feel the coolness of each inhale through your nostrils.

  • As you breathe out, feel the touch of warmth of each exhale through your nostrils.

  • With each inhale, think of the words “breathe in.”

  • With each exhale, think of the words “breathe out.”

  • Breathe in.

  • Breathe out.

  • That’s it. It’s that simple.

Pay attention to your breath for at least one full breath every day. It could be the first breath you take when you wake up in the morning or the first breath you take as you get into bed.

Study your breath throughout the day. Get familiar with its quality and texture. Make every breath count.

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