How I Learned to Breathe and the Superpowers That Came With It

January 22, 2015 9:58 PM

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You need some relaxation so you get a massage only to hear the massage therapist say, "You are forgetting to breathe. Just relax. Take some deep breaths." You try to take some deep breaths, your mind wanders back to your stress at work, you forget about your breath, then think, "Oh shit -- yeah -- breathe." Or maybe you're in yoga class and the instructor reminds the class, "Use your yoga breath." But my yoga attendance is spotty and, as a result, so is my yoga breathing. You see, it turns out that the only power I have historically given to my breath is to just let it keep me alive, when I could have been taking full advantage of its many other superpowers. And let me tell you what those superpowers are.

Last week, a friend introduced me to a mobile app for iPhone by Change Collective that helps people achieve their lifestyle goals through courses based on change science and led by world-renowned experts. So, I signed up for the free one-week "4 Breaths to Lessen Your Stress" course, led by mindfuln...

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