Centering our mind and body is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, things we will do in this lifetime. Finding peace and letting that peace radiate inwardly - then translating that peace into our actions and words. Becoming that beautiful person that resides within each one of us.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to centering one’s mind and body - but there are some great tips that can get you on the right path. If you haven’t already read my ‘Healty Living - Simplify’ article, please start HERE. (don’t worry - it’s short and sweet).
Here’s another tip to add to your practice. While you are being still, bring attention to your breath. Try this 3-part yoga breath.
Step 1. Lay on your back or sit comfortably on the floor or SUP board.
Step 2. Inhale through your nose and breathe down into your belly, expanding your belly. Rest your hands on your belly as you inhale, so you can feel your hands raise as you fill your belly with air.
Step 3. Exhale. Let your belly flatten and then draw your belly button back into your spine by engaging your core, to squeeze out all the air.
Step 4. Repeat steps 2-3, five times.
Step 5. Inhale through your nose, filling your belly and then your lungs. Place your hands on your rib cage so you can feel this expansion.
Step 6. Exhale, releasing the air from your lungs then your belly, drawing your belly button toward your spine.
Step 7. Repeat steps 5-6, five times.
Step 8. Inhale, through your nose, filling your belly, your lungs, and expanding the chest. Keep your shoulders wide and rolled down your back.
Step 9. Exhale. Releasing the air from your chest, lungs, then your belly, drawing your belly button toward your spine.
Step 10. Repeat steps 8-9, five times.
This completes the 3 part yoga breathe. Filling your belly, lungs then chest on the inhale and exhaling first chest, then lungs, then belly - and drawing the belly button towards the spine by engaging the core.
Gradually work on incorporating this breath into your life, SUP yoga practice, and stand-up paddle boarding. It feels great and centers your mind with your body.
Good luck and feel free to contact us with questions and suggestions! We would love to hear from you!