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Breath of Joy

By Janice Krakowsky

TUE SEP 01, 2020

If you are starting to feel a little out of sorts or have times where you feel zapped of energy, getting a bit of movement into your day will definitely help with you mood.

Most of us are spending more time at home and that may mean more screen time either on the tv, computer, phone, or other small device that has is sitting forward with a closed chest and rounded shoulders. This posture alone can make us feel a little depressed and lethargic.

A simple thing to do here is to just take a quick break and think about changing your posture. You can do this seated or standing and get the image of wonder woman or any super hero really. Place your hands on your hips and lift your head and chest and smile. Feel the energy flowing and the openness that occurs just with this little shift.

Breath of Joy is another tool that can be used if you have a few minutes. If you're home, no worries, but if you're with others you may get some stares, but hopefully they will want to join you when they see how your mood shifts.

If you’re feeling a little down and need a pick me up. If it’s challenging getting out of bed in the morning or you’re having a hard time motivating yourself in the afternoon. Perform a few rounds of breath of joy.

It will help to increase circulation and get the blood flowing. It helps to lift your spirits and give you increased energy. Maybe even make you feel a little joyful!

It might not be for everyone, so if you have high blood pressure or migraines or glaucoma best to pass on this one. If you start to feel light headed, stop and breathe normally.

To perform you can sit or stand. The inhale will be three sips in through the nose and an exhale out the mouth audibly saying “HA”

As you start to inhale lift your arms out in front of you, then inhale again opening your arms like wings, then back up overhead on the last part of the inhale. As you exhale bring your arms by your side bending your elbows and say “HA” or fold over your legs with bent knees letting your arms swing back behind you and let your head hang down.

Practice along with me in the video. You can do this on it’s own for a quick pick me up or add it to a longer practice as part of your warm up.

I'd love to hear how you feel doing this and when you chose to do it.