The Wave

By BijaB

Feel the natural relationship between your breath and the movement of your spine.

A Basic Breath for Healing and Awareness

Practice The Wave one step at a time for several breaths.
              Move on to the next step as you feel ready.

I.  Awareness

              Sit quietly for a moment
                            with your eyes closed.
Let your back lengthen and widen
              as you delicately release through the back of your neck.

              Fill your body
                            with your awareness.

                     Begin to deepen your breath.
And notice
                     that as you shift your attention
       to your breath
              your posture begins to change.
       Feel the natural relationship
              Between your breath
                                   and the movement of your spine.

              Continue
                            and observe.

II.  Movement

Now notice
       that as you inhale
                     and fill your upper chest first
              your spine naturally lengthens and extends.
It rises and expands as you breathe in slowly and easily.
                     When you exhale
       your spine softens
              moving back into the center of your body
as your lower back rounds.
While breathing out
       gradually tighten your belly and move it towards your spine.
Keep noticing
       the wave-like motion of your spine
                                   as you continue breathing.
              Inhaling and exhaling.

                     Stay with the rhythm of your breath.

III.  Breath

When you begin your next inhale
              notice that your diaphragm moves downwards
                     allowing the air
                            to be drawn in and down.

       And when you exhale, notice that your diaphragm moves up
                     pushing the air up and out.
The inhale moves in and down.  The exhale moves up and out.

As your diaphragm moves
              your breath moves.
                     And as your breath moves
                                          your spine moves.

                            Continue
                                   and breathe.

       Through this smooth, gradual, and even flow
              of your breath
                     your body is released back
                            into its natural motion.

                            The Wave.

              It’s a magnificent motion of your breath.

 

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(Excerpt from: Breathing into Life)

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