Yoga and hiking, or being a nature in general, connect perfectly. Being in nature gets you in your tune with everything around you, and allows you to take in the beauty. Going for a walk or taking a hike up a mountain often means that you are taking time for yourself – taking time to connect with yourself – recharge – rejuvenate – and connect with the beautiful world around you.

When people are in love with hiking, they often take in a big inhale at the top of the mountain, and exhale fully – taking a moment for gratitude. What they are also doing in that moment is releasing all of the carbon dioxide that has been built up in their lungs, and replacing it with new fresh oxygen.

People find themselves naturally taking this full breath when experiencing an extraordinary view, but people often never take a full round of breath when living their days to day lives.

This is where is yoga comes in – conscious awareness of breath.

Our breath is our life force energy (prana), yet that fact is so elusive, or just not thought about often throughout our days.

You don’t need to be at the top of a mountain or in front a gorgeous lake to take a moment for gratitude and renewal. Taking even one full breath helps ease pain, calms you down, and reduces tension.

Exercise

  1. Take more walks, and note places of beauty.
  2. Put yourself there transcendently when you are feeling anxious or rushed, and take in one deep breath.
  3. As you inhale, think about filling up your whole being with new, fresh, regenerating air.
  4. As you exhale, think about something you are thankful for.
  5. Continue with these refreshing breaths and thoughts.
  6. Note how you feel after preforming this exercise.
  7. Journal or talk about it in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Take A Deep Breath

  1. Courtney,
    Thank you for the reminder to just breathe, during the pandemic it has been difficult to get out and do much. Sometimes all you can do is enjoy things closer to home and take a few deep breaths to get through the day.

    The breathing exercise was helpful in calming thongs down. Now I just need to remember to do this throughout the day every day.

    Thanks again,
    Sean

  2. A nice and easy read Courtney and one that actually resonates quite well with me. Iā€™m into paddle boarding and yoga has become really popular. A different spin on connecting with nature but along the lines that you are referring to. Some soothing deep breathing coupled with a picturesque floating connection with nature – works every time.

    Thanks for sharing – Jason.

    1. Hi Jason,

      You got it! Paddle boarding is so zen. Just embracing the beauty in everything around you and taking that conscious moment for grace is unbelievably helpful in living a happy, healthy life. Bringing even more conscious moments of grace into your everyday world, even when just sitting at your house or desk, is key! šŸ™‚

      Namaste,
      Courtney Sunshine

  3. Hi Courtney, you’re right, breathing is everything. I am so lucky I live at the foot of a mountain at the outskirts of a village. So even now we are (again) in lockdown, I can step outside and be in nature for awhile. I love it.
    I also try to take a minute (literaly) to do a breathing exercise when I am working at the computer for too long. But I have to admit that I get soaked up by my work at times and forget it. Meditation has taught me to focus, but sometimes too much focus it not good. šŸ˜€
    Your article was a great reminder, thanks.

    1. Hi Hannie,

      Thank you! Taking literally a minute to reset yourself benefits how you function day in and day out! Sometimes I catch myself getting a little too caught up as well, so I wrote this for a reminder for myself, hoping others would benefit from it too. Thanks for taking the time to read! šŸ™‚

      Namaste,
      Courtney Sunshine

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