Calming Box Breathing

Box breathing is a yogic pranayama (breathing) technique that engages the parasympathetic nervous system, transitioning us from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest,” mode. Use this simple breathing method when you are feeling anxious or stressed or just need a little reset.

Box breathing is a yogic pranayama (breathing) technique that engages the parasympathetic nervous system, transitioning us from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest,” mode. Use this simple breathing method when you are feeling anxious or stressed or just need a little reset.

For breath is life, and if you breathe well

you will live long on earth.

— Sanscrit Proverb

Try this the next time you are about to lose it at your partner, kids, boss, that lady in the checkout line at the grocery or any time.

Dana

This class was given in the spirit of dana, which in Buddhism is the voluntary act of giving to others. If in that same spirit, you’d like to make a donation for the recorded offering, you can do so via PayPal or Venmo and 25 percent will go to Bridge House/Grace House, a 24-hour, 7 day a week, residential treatment facility in New Orleans that provides no-cost substance-use disorder treatment to men and women in two separate locations. But please also feel free to enjoy the class at no charge, because I want everyone to be able to participate and access the many benefits of yoga and meditation.

One-Minute Meditation

Try this meditation when you are busy, on the go or need a quick emergency breathing session. Even one minute of deep breathing can change the course of your day.

Try this meditation when you are busy, on the go or need a quick emergency breathing session. Even one minute of deep breathing can change the course of your day.

Meditation is particularly helpful during a booze break, because it can help curb cravings due to the positive impact on areas of the brain that regulate self-control.

Don’t worry if your mind wanders — that’s perfectly normal. In fact it’s physically impossible to “empty” your mind. Rather, when you notice a thought, simply acknowledge it and then refocus on the breath.

I hope you enjoy this brief meditation.

Drink Fit Club

by Melanie Warner Spencer

One-Minute Meditation

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh