5 Breaths Per Pose

Tight muscles? Have thought about doing yoga or some type of stretching for a while now but don’t know where to begin? Want to get back into a yoga practice?

A great place to start is 5 breaths per pose.

For each pose you do, whether it’s basic stretching or a yoga sequence, hold that stretch for 5 deep belly breaths.

Fill up your lungs – all the way in, all the way out.

Feel your muscles and nerves relax with each exhalation.

Move onto the next pose.

Ask Joey Diandrea, he’s recently implemented this tip and is seeing much success with it!


Find your sacred spot

It could be a little nook in the corner of the house, your bedroom, a writing desk, where ever you feel relaxed and inspired.

Fill your space with things that bring you joy…

Plants, pillows, a candle, blanket maybe, some good books, incense, a journal.

Use your sacred space to set morning intentions, as a retreat to decompress, when you need a lift in spirits, when you want to ponder or create.

Play some Classical Relaxation or Native American Flute on Pandora to set the mood…

And enjoy this sacred place you created for yourself.


How do you deal?

When something bothers you, how do you deal with it?

Do you stomp your feet?

Do you accept without resistance?

Do you pop off at the first sign of opposition?

Or do you keep your reactions in line with your values?

Growing up, my mom taught me to express myself physically and verbally (the Philly attitude that we all know and love lol) but as I got older I realized that I can choose how I react… and my life changed forever.

I don’t get into altercations with others like I did before, things that used to bother me no longer have the same effect. My life is evolving for the better because my reactions are better.

I now take a second to breathe and think how I want to respond. I accept and do what I can in the moment. I try to see it from all sides. And I try to hold compassion and empathy forefront.

So how do you deal?


Taking a walk

Hearing wind chimes, birds, lawn mowers.

Smelling fresh air, the flowers and greenery.

Seeing houses, cars, people, stores, streets, animals, plants.

Feeling my phone in my hand, champ’s leash on my arm, and socks on my feet. Also feeling grateful, a little hungry, sweaty, and inspired.

Tasting peppermint.

Thinking about the moment. Grounding myself in the now.


Embrace the day

Where do you find yourself now?

Maybe in a park, at home, at work.

How are you feeling?

Content? Present?

Uneasy? Anxious?

Is there anything you can do to make the very best of this moment?

Like taking a deep breath, showing gratitude, feeling joy, being creative, smiling.

Healthy Habits

Breathing Stress Away

Can deep breathing really help ease my stress? Yes!

When you find yourself getting worked up in a stressful situation…

Taking a few deep breaths is an easy way to calm your mind and nerves.

Deep breathing = natural stress reliever

Here’s how to utilize deep breathing to help reduce stress:

 1. Find somewhere quiet that you can sit comfortably – preferably in a low light area (or even better, a room with candles). 

2. Sit or stand as upright as possible, pretending there’s a string that’s connected the top of your head to the ceiling and pulling upwards. It’s important that you are in this lifted position as this will allow more oxygen to get into the muscle tissues and mind, helping to ease your stress. 

3. Once comfortable, begin to regulate your breathing. 

4. Take a deep breath in (4-5 count) drawing to yourself the feelings of calmness, serenity, tranquility.

5. Slowly exhaling (6-7 count) – imagine your inhale and exhale as one continuous flowing movement.

Deep breathing for stress relief can be done anywhere at any time. Even in a busy place, deep breaths will do just the trick to re-center your mind and ease your nerves.

My Experience with Deep Breathing

This technique has helped me so much through the years and has been a go-to tool for controlling allergy symptoms that I experience from time to time.

For two years, I would sneeze all day every day refusing to take allergy meds. I refused to believe that I had somehow developed allergies and I was searching for a natural way to figure this problem out.

I found what I was looking for when I realized that my sneezing was triggered by stress and dehydration. It took a lot of trial and error to get to this point of discovery (cutting out things from my diet, etc.).

So now, when I start sneezing, I do some deep breathing and drink more water, and my sneezing goes away. This combination works every time.

Maybe breathing will help you in some way too.

Happy breathing!
x Corie