to get your energy flowing and invite vitality into your breath and body. This practice works to counter the shallow upper chest breathing of anxiety by allowing the breath to completely fill the lungs. The ‘Breath of Joy’ uses rhythmic body motion and coordinating arm movements with the breath to support you in managing your mood, energizing the body and awakening your entire system.
After you have completed a comfortable set of repetitions, pause while standing with your arms resting/hanging at your side. Stay long enough to return to your regular pace of breathing. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale fully through your mouth. Close your eyes and notice the effects of your practice. Notice how quickly your heart beats; feel the sensations in your face, arms, and hands. Consider these reflections questions: where do you feel more aliveness or movement in your body? Where do you feel stillness? What is the quality of your thoughts? What is your mood?
If this activity felt good to you, we invite you to consider how you can be intentional about integrating this more into your life. You could try incorporating this practice into your mornings before you start with other activities. You might also consider doing this practice throughout the day when you are feeling sluggish or anxious.