Since breathing is something we do automatically, many of us forget to actually pay attention to it. Yet, the practice of mindful breathing is important. Paying attention to your breathing can increase focus, influence your thoughts and emotions, and anchor you to the present moment. It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and anger.
There are many ways to incorporate mindful breathing into your routine. One of our favorite ways to anchor ourselves to the present moment is through micro meditation.
Micro meditations are short bursts of meditation that usually last for 1-3 minutes. These short bursts can often help with negative or difficult circumstances by helping us gain the momentum to re-engage with our day.
In this video, Instructor Molly Woodhull walks us through a quick and informal “deep-belly breath” that you can do at any time of the day. You can choose to practice this method once or several times throughout your busy day to help yourself stay grounded.
No matter which method you choose to start your mindfulness journey, staying consistent is always key. Whenever you find yourself in a quiet place, make it a habit to use this micro meditation technique as often as possible. The more you practice, the more you will be making a significant difference in your energy, productivity, focus and patience.
At SHYFT at Mile High, we believe that everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness. Many of our neighbors are in need of a self-care outlet where they can move through trauma, reduce stress and learn to embrace the present moment. We offer a safe outlet and resources for all members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay. When you book classes with us, you’re helping us provide self-care practices to even more people. Learn more about our in-person and virtual classes today.