Master your breath with our Karma Coach Nikki Wyatt
Affirmation of the month: ‘I breathe deeply, coming back to my own source of knowing and self-healing’
Would you like more energy? To focus easily? To feel relaxed? Well, all of this is possible by simply learning how to master your breath. Our body holds so much unprocessed emotion, such as times we have had to bite back our reaction because it wasn’t safe to express ourselves, times we gasped but never allowed ourselves to breathe out that shock. As a result, certain areas of our body remained tense and guarded. Breathing with intention can be the key to accessing those areas and allowing the emotion to be felt.
Let it all go
There’s a reason our lungs are wrapped around our heart. Our breath is the key to our feelings. When you’re full of stress, have you noticed that your diaphragm tightens? Have you noticed how differently you breathe when you cry? How your diaphragm releases and softens when you sob or laugh? That’s why laughing and crying is so good for us! They provide both physical and emotional release. We cry tears of joy and sorrow, and each emotion creates a different chemical compound in our tears – all part of the complex and wonderfully intelligent way that our body and spirit work together to keep us well. That’s why we’re told having a cry can actually make you feel better! Let it go…
Inhale and exhale with intention
Most of the time we’re ‘being breathed’ in the sense that it’s involuntary. We’re unaware of our breath, so our lungs fill and empty unconsciously, leading our breath to be affected by our unconscious emotions. When our feelings drive our breathing, our breathing patterns change. We may take shallow breaths due to stress or hold our breath because it helps us feel in control – both of which puts our nervous system on red alert. If, on the other hand, we breathe consciously and with intention, we can create a completely different sensation that calms our nervous system and allows for deep relaxation, which in turn calms our mental state. So, the good news is that your breath is a freely available energy source. Once you master it, you’ll have access to vitality, emotional release and deep spiritual connection.
Breathe through your chakras
1 Our root chakra is where we hold our survival fears. It’s important to do slow, deep breaths when connecting with this energy centre. Focus on releasing your diaphragm and deepening your out-breath. This will help you to feel safe and more grounded in your body.
2 Now take your focus to the sacral chakra. Breathe into that area and notice your physical sensations. It’s where we connect intimately in relationships and it’s the home of our creativity and self-expression. It can be the key to feeling fulfilled and happy and is also where we carry many childhood wounds.
3 The solar plexus is where you’ll find your power. There’s a reason it’s a key area in martial arts. When you master your solar plexus energy you have strong clear boundaries. You can be kind and compassionate without losing your identity or merging with someone else’s pain.
4 Now breathe into your heart chakra – the great balancing centre of the body. Here you’ll find the courage to overcome fear from the base chakra, shame from the sacral and emotional enmeshment from the solar plexus. Here’s the home of love. It’s the centre closest to your lungs, and it has the largest energy field of the body.
5 Next, breathe into your throat. This is often the most blocked of all the chakras. It’s where we too often stifle our spontaneous responses and bite our tongues. As you breathe into this area, relax your shoulders and lengthen your throat by raising your head as though you’re looking up. Allow your breath to flow down through your throat into your lower chakras.
6 Now breathe into your third eye chakra. This is where you see the world through the eyes of your higher self. You may have been discouraged from doing this when you were young, being told you had too much imagination, but now give yourself permission to send your breath to this sacred part of you and reconnect with your ability to know the truth.
7 Finally, breathe into your crown chakra just above your head. This is the entrance point for divine intelligence. Allow it to flow freely from spirit into your energy system. By now you’ll be relaxed and open, feeling safe and able to receive whatever spirit wants you to know.
3 Essences for supporting breathwork
•Lungwort is an essence that enhances meditation and breathwork. It is often used to release old blockages, negative emotions and deep feelings. Lungwort can assist in expelling old energy, and is good for letting go of blocked emotions. It provides balance when life feels a bit topsy-turvy. It’s an essence when nothing else seems to help or you feel stuck.
•Eucalyptus helps to calm emotional shock, which can cause us to gasp and hold our breath. This essence encourages the relaxation of our natural, defensive emotional response and for us to have more focused breath. It activates the balancing capacities of the heart chakra, so if a loved one or a beloved pet has passed on and we haven’t fully mourned their loss, this essence can be of great benefit.
•Chrysocolla helps to steady and deepen the breath to aid inner work. It’s an ideal essence if you feel trapped by a busy routine as it eases irrational fears, enabling a more detached and mature perspective. It steadies and reconciles troubled relationships, and balances the throat chakra. This will help you to express yourself more authentically, and to be aware when silence is golden. It gently dismantles blocks around the heart so love and joy can flow more easily.
You’ll find these essences within different blends at: spiritoftransformation.com
With acknowledgement to Crystal Herbs, Flower Drop Faeries, Gaia Essences, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, Gurudas Essence Books.
Nikki Wyatt uses vibrational medicine to release patterns causing problems with relationships, work, money and health. For your free soul flower reading, bespoke essences and personal guidance, visit spiritoftransformation.com