My morning breathwork practice [VIDEO]

Ever wish you could experience the calm and balance that comes from a good yoga class (or good therapy session!) in more moments of your life?

You can through meditation and breathwork.

Most people have heard of meditation. It's gotten pretty popular in the recent years as more and more celebrities and big executives reveal that they meditate on a daily basis. Due to it's popularity, meditation has also become more accessible - you don't have to go to a yoga studio to meditate, you can learn and practice in the comfort of your own home with apps like Headspace and Calm. 

Today I want to share a little more about meditation's lesser known cousin: breathwork.

You could totally say that breathwork is a meditation, and that meditation involves breathwork. The two are certainly connected. Today I'm sharing some specific techniques that fall more under the "breathwork" category and are less well known than long, deep and even breathing that's taught alongside most meditation.

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I've been practicing and teaching different breathing techniques for the last few years, but it's only within the last year that I've committed to exploring and owning more of these techniques, mainly through my studies of Katonah yoga (more on that another time!).

Your breath is a powerful tool that you can tap into at any time - in the middle of a stressful meeting, on a packed subway car (or in the middle of a bumper to bumper traffic), when your child (or best friend or partner) is having a meltdown. You don't need to make an appointment with your breath - it's with you wherever you go, and you can practice using it almost without anyone noticing.

Personally, I'm most interested in using breathwork techniques to connect with my body and intuition, and to regulate my mood and energy. There are certain breathing techniques that will chill you out and others that can fire you up. In goes beyond that though:

In their 2012 book, The Healing Power of the Breath, doctors Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg wrote: “Studies are revealing that, by changing the patterns of breathing, it is possible to restore balance to the stress response systems, calm an agitated mind, relieve symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), improve physical health and endurance, elevate performance, and enhance relationships.”

WOW.

Breathwork is inherently a part of most meditation and yoga practices, but it can also be practiced on it's own. I recently participated in a yoga training where we did a full 1 hour breathwork class, which was simultaneously one of the hardest and most amazing things I've ever experienced.

From this training I was inspired (ha ha get it???) to add a more formal breathwork practice to my morning routine, which is what I'm sharing with you today. Even on the days when I'm tired, or don't have time for a full yoga sequence, I do a few minutes of breathwork and I immediately feel better - more grounded, more energized and more in ME.

Watch the video below to experience this practice yourself!

As with a meditation or yoga practice, consistency is key. While you will almost certainly feel something after doing breathwork once, the power comes from making it a part of your regular routine.

Leave a comment below with ONE WORD explaining how you felt during or after trying this breathwork routine. And then challenge yourself - can you do this once a week? A few times a week? The magic of the practice truly comes out with repetition.

The Yoga of Eating! [VIDEO]

Happy Sunday folks! Today I'm thrilled to be sharing a super FUN video that I filmed with my yoga buddy, Katie Quinn.

Katie is the lady behind QKatie - a YouTube channel for all things food and travel. We bonded over our shared passions - yoga and FOOD - and knew immediately that we needed to film a video discussing the connection between the two.

As Katie shares in the video, she is often asked how she stays physically fit despite all the adventurous [and not always "healthy"] eating she does as part of her job. The answer? You'll have to watch to find out...

Love this video and ready to learn more about feeling your BEST while enjoying the foods that you LOVE? Join me LIVE for The Yoga of Eating next Saturday (6/25) at Brooklyn Yoga Project. In this 90 minute workshop, you will learn the basics of mindful eating and food energetics (i.e. how to bring your yoga practice to your plate!).  You will learn to connect with your food, practice mindful eating, and feel truly nourished by what you eat.  We will discuss how to practice mindfulness in your shopping, cooking, and consumption, plus the impact of different types of food and preparation methods on your energy levels. 

Register for the Yoga of Eating here!

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What are essential oils? [VIDEO]

In this quick video I cover WHAT essential oils are and the three ways you can use them.

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They have been used for centuries for their medical and therapeutic benefits: for example, to calm anxiety, aid in digestion, and improve mood. They are an integral part of my personal wellness routine and yoga practice.  doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today.

doTERRA essential oils can be used one of three ways:
- Topically
- Aromatically
- Internally**

**Note: not ALL essential oils can be taken internally. I only recommend the doTERRA oils as they are CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. The oils that are safe to take internally will say 'Supplement' on the bottle itself.

To purchase your own doTERRA essential oils, click here!
OR email me at emily@emilynachazel.com to learn how you can save 25% on your oil purchases

Curious about these essential oils, but did you know that they can actually make you money? Whether you are doing the corporate thing and looking for a side hustle, or a wellness warrior looking for an additional revenue stream, working with doTERRA essential oils can be your ticket to financial freedom, simply by sharing a product you truly believe in! As part of my team you'll receive discounted and free products, one-on-one mentoring + resources on how to share and grow this business authentically. Email me at emily@emilynachazel.com to get started today!

Stress Busting Tips - Sleep!

GOT STRESS?  Let's be real - we all do!  

In this 3-part VIDEO series, fellow health coach and yoga instructor Christina Ferrara Isola and I answer common stress questions and provide quick and easy ways to manage stress naturally. 

EPISODE 1 - IS IT TRUE THAT WHAT YOU EAT AFFECTS YOUR STRESS LEVELS?

EPISODE 2 - “WHAT YOGA POSE(S) DO YOU SUGGEST FOR STRESS RELIEF?”

EPISODE 3 - "I CAN'T FALL ASLEEP DUE TO STRESS/ANXIETY. HELP!"

Was this video helpful?  Like it, share it, and let us know in the comments below! 

Want more?  Learn how to manage stress, lose weight, and feel GREAT in your body!  Join my signature coaching program LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE which begins October 5th.  **ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP - SECURE YOUR SPOT NOW!**

Stress-Busting Tips - Episode 1/3

GOT STRESS?  Let's be real - we all do!  

In this 3-part VIDEO series, fellow health coach and yoga instructor Christina Ferrara Isola and I answer common stress questions and provide quick and easy ways to manage stress naturally. 

EPISODE 1 - "IS IT TRUE THAT WHAT YOU EAT AFFECTS YOUR STRESS LEVELS?"

Was this video helpful?  Like it, share it, and let us in the comments below! Stay tuned for Episode 2 next week.

 

Want more?  Learn how to manage stress, lose weight, and feel GREAT in your body!  Join my signature coaching program LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE which begins October 5th.