Breathing in the New Normal
Breathing is at the frontlines of our battle against COVID-19. From an action that we take for granted just six months ago, breathing has become something that needs to be regulated, in every nuance of the word.
From as simple as wearing facemasks when leaving the house to hooking up patients to ventilators in acute cases, the impositions that we have put on the breath has reached new levels of sophistication!
Just today, for example, my partner Will bought us a pack of “copper masks”. They’re supposed to offer us “better” protection. But for me, as long as I see that other people are covered up just like me, I already feel better protected. And it’s good news to know that more than 90% of Filipinos wear mask all the time when they leave the house. It just helps make me feel a lot less anxious.
Aside from COVID-19, anxiety is the biggest health issue in this “new normal”. Ironically, the solution to anxiety is the same thing that we are anxious about: the breath! But don’t worry. It’s not other people’s breath that can help us feel a lot less anxious but our own.
I’d like to share with you this 17-minute podcast episode about the breathing process and how it can translate to more energy and deeper relaxation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Breathe easy!
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Teacher Ben and Teacher Rianna are experienced yoga teachers, who dedicate their lives to guiding fellow practitioners reach their full potential.