As a young girl I suffered a lot from chronic asthma attacks. I was soon taught to breathe through my abdomen. This technique has helped me during many sleepless nights. With my Yoga practice I was able to learn additional breathing techniques. Techniques that when practiced with discipline helped me overcome asthma completely.

Being an observer of how I breathe in certain situations has taught me a lot about myself. It has showed me how I breathe when I am in a stressful situation. How I breathe when I am feeling sad or anxious. Even when I am really happy. This has also taught me that I can alter my state by changing the way I inhale or exhale.

Maybe you recognize the following situation in yourself. You are just about to speak in front of a crowd, or have that important meeting with your boss. Just before you enter the room, you find yourself feeling nervous. This meeting is very important to you. Your shoulders are high, your inhalation and exhalation are superficial and fast. Now picture the location in your body… Do you feel it high in your chest. The pressure? You can change this.

Observe your body. Same situation, you feel your body automatically entering the above scenario. Now picture yourself relaxing your shoulders. Even though your state of mind is telling you different. Tell your body to relax your shoulders. Just stop for 5 seconds. Don’t enter the room yet. Place your hands on your lower abdomen, inhale fill your stomach with air. Push your hands away with your abdomen. Hold your breath for 1 second and then exhale, making sure there is no oxygen left in your lungs before you inhale again. Repeat the process, feel your body becoming calm. Your mind has to surrender and you’ll feel in a different state to enter that room.

Once you change your way of breathing you will be able to change your state of being. Changing from being anxious, nervous, angry and sad to being calm, peaceful or confident. As humans we tend to underestimate our way of breathing and the effect it has on our emotions.

As inspiration on this topic I would like to share with you this video from Yoga teacher Seane Corn. She demonstrates four key yogic breathing techniques that can help you transform your yoga practice and achieve a new level of peace, centeredness and strength.

I would love to hear about your relationship with breathing. How does it influence your life?

Thank you for reading our Blog.

Every breath you take is a moment to Relax and Create!

Love,
Sandra

As you might have read in our November Newsletter we arrived in The Netherlands about two weeks ago. Being in Portugal was great. We found the location where we would like to buy land. Learned a lot about the Portuguese way of doing business, as well as their rules and regulations. The inspiration and knowledge we gained in the past 6 months will continue to help us in our search from abroad. (Find out more about the inspirational locations and people we have visited below)

Being pregnant came as a very happy surprise, but at the same time it added an unconscious pressure to our search. Due to this pressure we were hitting a lot of brick walls. To the point of finding land, but not being called back by several estate agents. Having all the papers sorted and then finding out the land was not completely owned by it’s stated owner. And many more signs that came up to show us we were swimming against a current.

Communication is very important for us in our relationship. I am so thankful we always reflect on our emotions and choices together. After talking, Richard and I realized that we both wanted to be able to completely enjoy the pregnancy.

We chose to come to the Netherlands, because we are truly impressed with the healthcare system. My wish of giving birth in water is a possibility here. Being close to my parents and friends also felt very important at this stage of life.

Arriving here we instantly entered the flow. A couple of days later I started teaching Yoga. Richard got a job and the process of becoming a Dutch citizen, was stress free and actually a quite enjoyable experience. After being hired for his job, Richard asked me to pull an Osho card. I would like to share this card with you:

Going with the flow
Every moment in life we have a choice wether to enter life’s waters and float, or to try to swim upstream. When this card appears it is an indication that you are able to float now, trusting that life will support you in your relaxation and take you exactly where it wants you to go. Allow this feeling of trust and relaxation to grow more and more; everything is happening exactly as it should.

This was our reminder to Relax and Create! I would love to hear what reminds you?

Thank you for reading our Blog.

Love,
Sandra

People and locations that have inspired us in Portugal: