7-Minute Beginner’s Body Scan

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This body scan provides a little more information than the 3-Minute Beginner’s Body Scan in this series. If you’ve got a little bit more time and you want to learn more about body scanning than this video is for you. Body scanning can reduce stress & anxiety quickly & it can help you enter your day or night feeling more centered and grounded. 

All you need for this practice is yourself & a comfortable place to sit or lie down with little to no distractions.

Body scanning is an incredibly helpful tool to relieve stress & anxiety so you can live your life feeling more centered and grounded. It also provides a ton of useful information about you, and what’s going on in your physical and mental body. We’re all so busy all the time, caught up in a million things, moving so fast through our day that we might not notice the messages our body is sending us, all day, every day. If you can create a habit of scanning your body, from the top of your head, all the way down to your toes, even once a day, for 60 seconds you will begin to build a better relationship with your physical & mental body. If you can learn to listen to the messages your body is sending you you might notice when you are hungry, full, need rest, are getting sick, need to slow down, etc. And if you can meet these messages without judgment in a more timely & loving fashion you might be able to avoid a lot of emotional & physical pain & illness, just by taking a second to listen to the messages your body is sending you. Body scanning can also make you feel more present in your life, which I guarantee you will have a positive domino effect on everyone around you. Improving not only the relationship you have with yourself but with others as well.

So what is it? It’s very simple actually. All you need to do is sit or lie down comfortably, somewhere that has little to no distractions. Then, starting at the top of the head, you’ll slowly scan your entire body until you’ve reached your toes. Feelings and emotions will come up for you, they may be physical and or mental. You’re not meant to try to stop or change these feelings and emotions, you’re meant to meet them with an open mind and a kind heart. It’s just information about you and where you are today. Then you take that information and pivot your day. Maybe you haven’t eaten lunch and you didn’t realize, until your scan, that you were incredibly hungry, go eat. Maybe you notice a tickle in your throat, or you’re slightly warm, are you getting sick? Do you need to take some time to relax and recover? Body scanning can actually be a very useful preventative measure for those of us who don’t know how to slow down and listen to the messages our body is sending us.

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4-4-4 Breathing Exercise Tutorial (A.K.A. Box Breathing)

Learn how to do this simple breathing exercise and feel stress & anxiety melt away. It’s easy, quick, and accessible. Click the link, watch, enjoy & subscribe.

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4-4-4 Breathing Exercise (A.K.A. Box Breathing)

This is breathing technique #2 of the breathing series we’re doing over the next few weeks. This one is called 4-4-4 or Box Breathing. You’re inhaling, holding your breath & exhaling, each for the count of 4. This is the 2nd technique I teach new clients. It’s a bit more challenging than 4-4 breathing but it’s still easy to learn & you can do it pretty much anywhere. 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. ⁠⠀
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HOW: I’ve posted a tutorial on my IGTV & YouTube.
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⁠Save this blog to reference later 📄

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 is 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. Let the inhales & exhales be slow & long. Filling the entire space between your bellybutton & collarbones.⁠

Inhale – Counting slowly… 1, 2, 3, 4. Remember 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi

Hold your breath…. 1, 2, 3, 4

Exhale…. 1, 2, 3, 4

You may repeat this as many times as you’d like, but I would suggest doing this for a minimum of 30-60 seconds. 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 out & 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.

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. ⁠⠀
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NOTE: Not all breathing techniques should be done while driving but the 3 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. ⁠⠀
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⁠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⠀

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Photo by: @jessicaczarneckiphoto

Benefits of Breathing Exercises

Breath = Life⁠ 🌱
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We must breathe to live, we must also breathe for our physical & mental well-being. Being conscious about the way in which we breathe can change everything. Take a moment today to take a few deep breaths for your health 😊😯
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Inhaling slowly & deeply through your nose. Opening the mouth and letting the breath go, along with any stress or anxieties that are keeping you from living your best life. Do this a few more times and feel everything external melt away, while also noticing that your internal self is relaxing and letting go 🙌🏽
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Any time you feel stress, anxiety, fear, anger or frustration grip you with all of it’s might come back to your breath and find balance and relief ✨
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Breathe…

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Breathwork 101

What is breathwork? In this quick video I share a brief description of what breathwork is, why I love it, and how it can change your life. You can reduce stress & anxiety in a minute or less with simple breathwork exercises. Stay tuned for my top 3 breathing exercises over the next few weeks and subscribe to our YouTube channel for detailed tutorials.

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

4-4 Breathing Exercise

This is breathing technique #1 of the breathing series we’re doing over the next few weeks. It’s called 4-4 Breathing. You’ll be inhaling & exhaling, both for the count of 4. This is the 1st technique I teach new clients. It’s easy, quick to learn & you can do it anywhere. It’s great for beginners & experienced practitioners. 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 & teach you so much about yourself, emotionally & physically.  ⁠

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

Save this blog post to reference later!

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 is relaxed. We hold a lot of stress & tension in our jaws by 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. Let the inhales & exhales be slow & long. Filling the entire space between your bellybutton & collarbones.⁠

Inhale – Counting slowly… 1, 2, 3, 4. Remember 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi. ⁠

Exhale… 1, 2, 3, 4⁠

Inhale… 1, 2, 3, 4⁠

Exhale… 1, 2, 3, 4⁠

You may repeat this as many times as you’d like, but I would suggest doing this for a minimum of 30-60 seconds. 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 out & 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.

⁠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. ⁠

⁠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

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Photo by: @jessicaczarneckiphoto