Monthly Musings: March 2020

The breath is pretty powerful – it continues to amaze me just how powerful it can be.  Breathing is something we take for granted every moment of every day. We don’t tend to stop for a second to think about the action that is taking place every waking and sleeping moment of our lives. Our bodies do the hard work for us – we’re hard-wired to just breathe. Breathe in, breathe out.

We do it on repeat. Breathe in, breathe out. I wonder how many times we’ll breathe just in the short amount of time it takes to read this post? We all have our own unique breathing patterns, speeds or styles yet it is something we all have in common. When it comes down to it, we are all living, breathing beings regardless of class, colour, race, ethnicity, food preferences or lifestyle choices. Isn’t that pretty cool?

There are a few reasons why breathing has been at the forefront of my mind recently. One is to do with Wim Hof aka the Iceman. He is a very impressive individual, the extreme athlete known for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He has set numerous world records to do with ice swimming and being in ice for long periods of time – think yoga in the snow, running half-marathons barefoot on the ice and you get a picture of what he does.

“The Wim Hof method can be characterized by its simplicity, applicability and a strong scientific underpinning. It is a practical way to become happier, healthier and more powerful.”

The method is based on cold therapy, breathing and commitment – it is the breathing element that really stuck with me after watching a documentary on it recently.

“Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.”

How many times do we get in a stressful situation or get angry or feel sad and someone tell us to take a breath, take a step back and just breathe? There’s a reason pregnant woman are taught how to breathe and why yoga practices focus so much attention on the breathe – it is all-powerful.

One main thing with the breathing technique is to fully breathe in and fully breathe out- using all our concentration and focus. It feels really amazing afterwards the few times I have tried it.  I am aiming to include a few really deep breaths every morning and then throughout the day to reset and realign my mind. It’s been really interesting so far and I hope to continue doing so.

Learning to Breathe and Smile

Learning to Breathe and Smile

On a similar note, as much as I love yoga and try to practise as often as I can, my breathing often gets pushed to the back of my mind. I focus more on the movement, the flow, the angles and the strength within me, whereas I know I need to shift this focus to bring it back to the breath. There is so much to think about when we really think about it.

We take breathing for granted as a means to an end, but actually, if we prioritise breathing enough, I think we could all feel rather amazing.  That’s not to say that every single breath we take must be conscious and with purpose, but just a few times a day to check-in.

Beyond learning more about Wim Hof, I notice that breathing has come to the surface quite a lot in my day to day life recently. I’ve been to a couple of exercise classes where I have realised, I really need to focus on my breath to maximise my efforts. I’ve noticed a few more social media posts pop up reminding me to breathe. Even as I sat down to write this, the most recent quote I had seen on Pinterest was “inhale courage exhale fear”.

I think this is all something we can take away with us at this time of year where the seasons change. The world shifts, our mood similarly sway, and we can face challenges and trials that test us. Remember to take a breath.  Take a deep breath and let it all go.

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  1. wholesome.sophie says:

    Pinch punch first day of the month and hope you have a wonderful March! So sorry I a, late posting this. Such a very informative post Amy and I have never heard of the Wiff Hof method or of him. Can’t believe he does ice marathon, ice baths and many of ice challenges. I will definitely check out his documentary and can’t believe I never watched it on tv, I know my favourite football team Spurs have ice baths after every game. They are only allow to spend 10mins in it. Apparently it helps with the recovery of their muscles and other sporting ligaments. (Recently learnt this doing Spurs Stadium tour). I so want to do more Pilates/ yoga 🧘‍♀️lol I am such a beginner. Definitely we all breathe and I have always heard of breather in and out. Love your monthly musings and I am enjoying my Positively present DiCaripo Mindful diary, each moth their is quote of the month and s topic. As well as journaling. Happy Sunday 😁🌱🙏🏻👩🏻‍🍳Great photo

  2. wholesome.sophie says:

    Love 💖 the quotes as always 🌱💖xxxx

  3. wholesome.sophie says:

    Cookies 🍪 look delicious will they be coming to Balance festival with you or you will be cooking for your demo. I am drooling

  4. wholesome.sophie says:

    Splendid photography as always and so sorry for my many comments like essay

  5. […] Breathing. Have you ever stopped to take a few really deep big breaths? The feeling can be immense. Most yoga practises start with and focus on the breath, and for good reason. Making sure your body is well oxygenated enables the body to work as it should and in fact, it holds a treasure trove of benefits. See my post form March 2020 about the power of the breath. […]

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