“Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs.”
– Joseph Pilates
Join us for a sunrise beginner’s 20-minute meditation by the Mediterranean Sea. Today’s morning meditation is all about our breath. Did you know on average, a person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute? This means we breathe about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. Unless we get a lot of exercise. The person who lives to 80 will take about 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime. Take this opportunity to tune into your breathe and bring your attention to something you may take for granted each day.
- Letting your attention sink into your body.
- Tuning into your breathing and allowing your breath to act as our anchor.
- Feel the gentle rising and falling of your breath.
- Tune into the sensations associated with each breath.
- What does your breath feel like in this moment in time?
- Continue to focus on each individual breath for this meditation practice.
Health Benefits 
- Reduced stress
- Decreased anxiety levels and anxiety related mental health issues
- Promotes emotional health by reducing depression symptoms and a positive outlook on life
- Enhanced self awareness
- Lengthened attention span and improved concentration
- Reduced age-related memory loss
- Increased compassion toward yourself and others
- Recovery from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits
- Improved sleep
- Helps diminish the perception of pain in the brain
- Decreased blood pressure levels aiding in reducing extra strain on the heart and arteries preventing heart disease
- Carve out ten minutes in your busy day to be still and start the process of selfcare.
- Turn off or mute any electronic devices to help you be still, such as your smartphones, computers, Apple watch, etc.
- Find a comfortable space for yourself either seated or in a supine position such as savasana pose.
- Place one hand over your heart and the other hand near your belly button OR rest both arms down by your side. The key is find a comfortable position for yourself.
- Close your eyes. On each inhalation and exhalation breathe in and out through your nose to help activate your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
- After the ten-minutes slowly open your eyes and wiggle your toes before returning back to your day.
- Scan your body from your toes traveling up the ankles, knees, hips, spine, wrist, elbows, shoulders, neck, and jaw until you arrive at the top of your skull. Notice if your breath pattern has shifted and how body feels post meditation session. Imagine how your body and mind would feel if you kept up this daily meditation practice.
Let’s get started. Find your way to a comfortable position.
We hope you enjoyed this beginner’s guide to starting a daily meditation practice. We have additional blog post specific to pilates, pre/post natal, bone building for osteoporosis/osteopenia, mindful meditation, restorative yoga therapy, partner and endurance training. We believe in treating the whole person with a holistic approach and blend our knowledge and training of movement, nutrition, massage therapy and traditional chinese medicine.
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Not medical advice or physical therapy. This content is intended to provide information and instructions on general exercises that may help increase strength, mobility, and function for specific areas of the body. It is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining a medical diagnosis or medical or physical therapy advice from a qualified licensed provider. You should seek medical advice from a qualified physician or physical therapist before trying any of the exercises or self-treatment suggestions on this blog, particularly if your pain is from a traumatic injury or event.
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