10 Count Breathing Exercise

This is breathing technique #3. It’s also the final technique of the breathing series we did over the last few weeks. This one is called 10 Count Breathing. You inhale & exhale for the count of 10 & then begin at 1 & start again. This is the 3rd technique I teach new clients. It’s a little more time consuming & requires a little more attention than the others but it’s my absolute favorite! I use this religiously, especially when I can’t sleep or when I have to fly & it works like a charm. Breathing techniques can help you connect body + mind. They are part of my yoga, meditation & mindfulness classes. They’re great for stress, bring oxygen into the body, can help you heal & can teach you so much about yourself, emotionally & physically.  ⁠

⁠HOW: I’ve posted a tutorial on my IGTV & YouTube.

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You can do this lying down, before or after yoga or exercise, sitting on the couch, in your car, on a walk, at work, anywhere. Breathing techniques are helpful in a pinch; during stressful situations, heavy traffic, when you can’t sleep or are feeling anxious. ⁠

Before you begin this breathing meditation start by taking a nice, long, slow, deep breath in through your nose. On your exhale, open your mouth and let it go. Let your exhale be audible, the sound you would make if you were fogging up a window, mirror, or a pair of glasses. A gentle sigh works too, or let it be as loud as you’d like. If you’re in a crowd I’d still like you to do this but it can be quiet, I promise no one will even notice. If it’s accessible to you, you may place your hands on your belly, on your heart, or one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart. It will be nice to feel your breath under your hands, and allows you to move deeper inside of yourself, amplifying the experience. You’ll still get the same benefits if this is not available to you at the moment. As with the placement of your hands, if it’s accessible to you, you may now close your eyes. Whether or not you’re closing your eyes, make sure the face & jaw are relaxed. We hold a lot of stress in our jaws, clenching the jaw together. You may open and close the mouth a few times here, then let the tongue rest gently between the bottom teeth. Allow your shoulders to melt down away from your ears, giving your neck lots of space to release & relax. Then begin your counting exercise.

Inhaling & Exhaling through your nose. Count slowly as follows: (Remember 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi)

🙂Inhale 1, Exhale 2
🙃Inhale 3, Exhale 4
🙂Inhale 5, Exhale 6
🙃Inhale 7, Exhale 8
🙂Inhale 9, Exhale 10

Then begin again at 1 & start again. If at any point you find you’ve wandered off or are at 15 or 20 just start over at 1.

You may repeat this as many times as you’d like, but I would suggest doing this for a minimum of 1-3 minutes. You can set a timer on your phone. The longer and more often you do this exercise the more you’ll feel the benefits, but I can tell you from experience that if you’re in a very stressful situation, or you’re having a panic attack, doing 1 solid round will definitely make you feel less stressed & less anxious. You’ll feel your heart rate decrease, blood pressure will lower, your physical body will feel less tense, your thoughts will slow down. You’ll be pulling yourself out of the fight-or-flight response and into the parasympathetic response, which is much better for your general health & well-being.

⁠NOTE: Not all breathing techniques should be done while driving but the 3 that I’m providing over the next few weeks should be fine. If you find yourself becoming too relaxed, lightheaded, or distracted avoid using them while driving.

BENEFITS:⁠
🌿Improve mental & physical well-being⁠
🌿Promotes deep relaxation ⁠
🌿Improves emotional state⁠
🌿Reduce stress & anxiety levels⁠
🌿Can boost immunity⁠
🌿Can help you process emotions & heal emotional pain, grief & trauma⁠
🌿Can reduce the symptoms of chronic pain, depression & PTSD⁠
🌿Help you work through anger issues⁠
🌿Can reduce the symptoms of the emotional effects of illness⁠
🌿Improves energy levels

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Benefits of Breathing Techniques

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing my top 3 breathing techniques. I teach all 3 of these to my new clients. They are easy, accessible & actionable. I think they’re great for beginners & advanced students alike. You don’t have to have any special skills to do these techniques, you just need to know how to breath & I think you’ve probably got that one figured out since you’re reading this. You can do them anywhere & anytime, just like how you’re breathing wherever you are right now. That’s how simple this is. I love doing these breathing techniques lying down but I find they’re very helpful in a pinch; during stressful situations, heavy traffic, when I can’t sleep & when I’m feeling anxious. Breathwork is MAGIC! Keep an eye out for these techniques, they’ll be posted one-by-one over the next few weeks. I’ve added some benefits below.  

→ Improve mental & physical well-being

→ Promotes deep relaxation 

→ Improves emotional state

→ Reduce stress & anxiety levels

→ Can boost immunity

→ Can help you process emotions & heal emotional pain, grief & trauma

→ Can reduce the symptoms of chronic pain, depression & PTSD

→ Help you work through anger issues

→ Can reduce the symptoms of the emotional effects of illness

→ Improves energy levels

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The YogiNest Method™

Introducing… The YogiNest Method™⁠

⁠I’m VERY excited about this. I’ve learned a lot over the last 5 years of teaching & one of those things is:⁠

⁠Physical Movement + Mindfulness Coaching = TRANSFORMATION!

⁠Physical Movement on it’s own is wonderful. It makes your physical body feel great, builds strength & flexibility & you’ll feel less pain, headaches & stress. Mindfulness on it’s own is also wonderful. It teaches you how to live in the present moment, guides you towards a closer bond & stronger relationship with yourself, teaches you to forgive & move through old pain & changes your relationship with others & the world around you. ⁠

⁠Physical movement & mindfulness coaching together is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The transformations I’ve witnessed from students practicing both yoga & mindfulness coaching are astounding. So I created The YogiNest Method™.

The YogiNest Method™ is: 1 part physical movement + 1 part mindfulness⁠ coaching 

⁠Students practicing this method with YogiNest will come no less than 1 time per week to practice yoga & no less than 1 time per week for mindfulness coaching. They go hand and hand. Yoga sessions start in silence, lying in Savasana, adding either a breathing exercise, mini-meditation, or body scan before moving the body. All movement is paired with breath. It’s gentle, nonjudgmental, freeing, strength building, relaxing & restorative. The overall goal is to move all tension, physical & mental, out of the body. Stress, energy, toxins & emotional/physical trauma can get stuck in the body, so it’s imperative that we move. This practice translates directly off the mat and into your daily routine. You’ll notice less physical pain, irritation, anxiety, depression, stress, headaches & digestive issues. You’ll sleep better and you’ll have more energy. You’ll feel happier, more productive, creative & motivated. In mindfulness coaching we’ll slowly work through your current stressors, goals, untreated trauma, any current struggles that are holding you back & more. You’ll be given exercises to help you work through your stressors, traumas & goals. Some of these exercises are; meditation, breathing techniques, very specific journaling assignments, coaching sessions with me & a plethora of mindfulness-based methods to help you become the best version of yourself. ⁠

⁠THIS WORKS! I’ve seen it! I’ve experienced it in my own life. It’s powerful.⁠

⁠If you’d like to learn more you can read my blog posts titled:⁠ “Why Is Mindfulness So Important” & “Why Is Movement So Important.” We’re so excited to provide this new service to all of you.

Best,
Jenna

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S.T.O.P

S = Stop⁠⠀

T = Take a breath⁠⠀

O = Observe⁠⠀

P = Proceed⁠⠀

⁠Anytime you start to feel stress or anxiety creep up use the acronym, STOP!!!⁠⠀

⁠Stop! Take a nice deep inhale through the nose. Notice how the air is cool as it enters the nostrils. Now take a nice long exhale out of the nose. Notice that the air is now warm. Take another deep breath in through the nose, but this time on your exhale open the mouth and let it go, finding release and relaxation. Observe where you are. Observe your thoughts and emotions. Observe how the physical body feels. Now proceed. ⁠⠀

⁠Use this acronym any time you feel the need to bring your body and mind back into balance.⁠⠀

⁠I have found that this simple little exercise has taught me how to respond to stress more effectively. It allows me to have more control over how I react and shortens the amount of time stress and anxiety has “control” over the present moment. ⁠⠀

⁠Save this blog post so you can come back to it anytime stress or anxiety starts creeping up, and share it with others that might find it useful. Happy Monday.

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YogiNest’s Mission

YogiNest’s voice is changing! As I grow and change, YogiNest too will grow and change, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

I’ve been working with clients for almost 5 years now & I’ve noticed that the stigma surrounding mental health is VERY REAL & VERY SERIOUS! 

I’ve actually been part of the problem, as my fear and vulnerability has kept me from talking about my own mental health. I’ve talked about why YogiNest exists, or at least why it was created in 2015, but that why is changing. Yes my struggle with Lupus still fuels my desire to help those who might also be struggling with an illness, but the thing that’s calling, screaming rather, for my attention over and over is a lot of unchecked trauma and hidden mental health concerns. Over 90% of my clients are practicing mindfulness with me and most of them have 1 thing in common, they’ve been struggle with unresolved traumatic issues a majority of their life and little has eased their affliction…but guess what…MINDFULNESS IS WORKING!!!

And so this is my mission:

-> To share my story! To be more vulnerable and raw! All of us have a story, all of us struggle from time to time. This is normal and my goal is to normalize the crap out of mental health concerns because enough is enough! You are not broken! And you are not alone!!! 

-> I’ll still be teaching yoga full time BUT mindfulness will be my main focus. My goal is to teach you as many actionable tools as I can. I want mindfulness to be accessible to all. It works!!! I’ve seen it over and over again. 

-> To teach “The YogiNest Method,” 1 part movement, 1 part mindfulness. You need to move your body, it’s important for your mental health. You can physically work out whatever issues are keeping you from your full potential + it feels damn good. You also need to check in with your mental self, this is imperative! Where are you today? Ask yourself without judgment and then use mindfulness tools to work through those feelings. Nothing is more freeing!

-> To be honest, to be organic, to build a strong community that feels safe talking about mental health <—- this is the big one! 

I want to build a community that feels safe, a space that allows you to openly talk about mental health. We’ve all been touched by it, whether from our own internal struggles or watching someone we love struggle. Let this be your safe space to talk about whatever feels necessary to you.

This is a judgment free zone & you are not alone xoxo

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Why Is Mindfulness So Important?

First of all, what is mindfulness? ⁠

⁠Bob Stahl, PH.D. & Elisha Goldstein, PH.D. define it as, “Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters or the lens of judgement. Put simply, mindfulness consists of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the here and now.”⁠

⁠So why is it so important? I believe what happens in the mind shows up in the body. When I’m anxious my heart races, my breath is short & fast, I get queasy, I can’t concentrate & my body feels tight. When I’m sad I feel weak, fatigued & heavy. These are just symptoms I can see on the surface. What’s happening deeper inside? I believe these mental fluctuations & symptoms cause sickness as well as physical pain. I know this because when I’m suffering from anxiety or depression I get sick more. When I’m happy I feel motivated, social, healthy, mostly pain free, less headaches, I sleep better, etc.⁠

⁠Mindfulness does SO many positive things for our mental & physical wellbeing. It helps you build a better relationship with yourself & closes the gap between mind & body. You become more aware of what is going on internally & externally. You learn how to process this information quicker & more precisely. You learn how to filter this information out of your physical & mental body vs. obsessing over it, pushing it down, or allowing it to fester & develop into mental & physical trauma. When a problem arises, mindfulness allows you to acknowledge it without judgement, teaches you how to process it in real-time & provides tools like; meditation, breathing techniques & more to nip it in the bud before it grows. This practice will change your life; you’ll get sick less, sleep better, feel less pain, relationships will improve, you’ll feel happier, motivated, productive & more!  ⁠

⁠The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself & the most important key to a healthy life is the state of your mind! Mental health needs WAY more attention & we need to break the stigma! Prioritize your mental health by adding some mindfulness techniques to your daily routine & watch everything gradually fall into place.⁠

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