A simple breathing exercise

I've spent so much time teaching and being taught relaxations, visualisations and breathing exercises . . . mostly because they're all good ways to manage when mind and body seem determined to cause problems!
But not all exercises work for everyone; I can't create a safe space these days and yes, I know that's worrying.
In the meantime I fall back on an old favourite from an American physiotherapist I worked with, to make you concentrate on breathing. But no counting, nothing complicated. Just imagine a candle, several inches in front of you, the flame burning bright and straight. When you breathe in and out it will waver and flicker - so you try to breathe slowly enough not to blow it out.

It's not for everyone, but it works for me. Do you have a favourite exercise to still the mind and body?


Comment on this post (2 comments)

  • Catherine says...

    I quite like being a tree. Think I’ll give that one a try :)

    November 25, 2015

  • Somhairle Kelly says...

    I have a four-beat tree breathing & visualisation exercise: imagine yourself as a tree, and breathe IN water, breathe OUT oxygen, breathe IN sunlight, breathe OUT and grow.

    November 24, 2015

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