Full Body Breathing

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Carla-Jo Geraghty
Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Often when we are stressed we breath in a shallow way. This meditation encourages you be aware of the movement of the breath in the body. When we deepen our awareness of this it helps us to feel calm. Please note: If you are struggling with your mental health it's really important to seek professional help. These meditations are not a substitute for that but can be used along side therapy to help to support you. For more on Carla-Jo and her work please see www.carlajo-mindfulness.com
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30 reflections
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Catherine
Breathing should be deep
I learned that taking deeper breaths will allow me to align my mind with my body! It will also quite my racing mind.
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Tamaron
Abrupt end
This was nice. An easy practice to try out, but it ends very abruptly.
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Elisabeth C
Distractions
It is very helpful in staying grounded to check into each area of the body that feels the breath. It is also very difficult if you’re not in a low distraction setting. If someone is in the room with me, I find it so difficult to stay with the meditation. I will need some practice meditating in the presence of others to help strengthen that ability. If I get good at that, I can take these meditations out into my life away from my living room (where I typically meditate).
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Maddy
Settling anxiety
I feel like this helped a lot. The past few days I've felt very anxious and out of control. This helped my settle myself and calm my breathing and heart. It was great before bed to help relax and clear my mind.
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Jacob
I’m not sure
I guess I know how to breath, but it was relaxing. I also learned my reflections are too short.
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Becca
Full body
It felt good to pay attention to the breath. Very relaxing and different, despite the fact that we breathe constantly.
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Angela
Full Body Breathing
Taking a moment to acknowledge your breathing is great. This could definitely help me when I am at the office.
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Hailey
Relaxed
Just as I got into it the meditation ended, I may have to switch to a longer session at some point.
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Angel
Day 2
Every morning, like every breath is a new beginning. The expectations of this awakening fills by soul with joy.
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Natalie
Good Body Check
I couldn’t get to my profile, so that I can get to a different meditation. That said they ended up doing this meditation. It actually ends up being a fairly good replacement/stand-in for the body scan meditation-ʝυѕт αѕ ιт ιѕ. After doing this meditation I feel comfortable moving onto my Drawing Awareness practice.
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Joyce
Full body breathing
My breath does also flow down and up my back, just like it flow down to my belly and back up where I more often focus in the front. It is good just to take a few minutes and breathe. Namaste
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Clare
Full body breathing
Breathing into different parts of my body I felt I could turn down the chatter and feel more spiritual
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Everett
Guidance
Essential for me. This presence and now here I am you are there being.
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Kelsey
Refocusing
Gentle redirection can be helpful, not only in meditation practice, but in life.
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Katrina
My Back
I carry my tension in my back. Something to be aware of. It isn’t a soreness as it is a million little prickles under my shoulder blades. Sometimes I feel like there’s a giant air bubble that needs to be popped.
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Kellee
Monday 1-22-18
I learned that just a few minutes of good breathing technique can lighten the stress load in the back and shoulders. You can do this meditation anytime of the day. Thank you, Aura! Have a nice day, Everyone!😀
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Anne
Full Body
I often find it hard to focus on the meditations where I’m both focusing on a place in the body and focusing on the breath.
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Madison
43/365
In today’s exercise I learned about how to focus the breathing on different areas of your body. I focused it on my stomach, and moving on into my back which needed the most attention because of the built up tension that I have there. This meditation allowed for me to focus on the tense areas of my body.
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Monica
Interesting
I felt that it was a very cool approach to see how different areas of the body are affected by breathing since normally only the chest/stomach receive the attention.
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Liz
Ribs
I enjoy the massage sensation in my ribs. Also I’m still tired enough to drop off to sleep doing this.
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Jackson
Relief
I felt like a dark cloud was lifted an felt instantly better
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Kelsey
Anxiousness
Headed back to work after a spring break full of panic attacks, disorientation, and fear. I’m extremely nervous, but going to try my best to be present and out of my own mind. This meditation gave me a moment out of my thoughts.
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Jeff
Good Day
Nothing unusual so far. Today’s meditation gives me hope for another good day.
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Malia
Full Body Breathing
Focusing on breathing into different areas of the body did seem to relieve a tiny bit of tension. Hopefully with practice I can get better at relaxing the physical manifestations of stress and worry.
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Candy
Meh
It was, well, cut short somehow. Similar to another mediation media vendor on this app I like but often pains me to listen ♥️ 🤭🤭. The art of cropping certain meditation leaders has lost oversight or review. There are many leaders of whom I love to follow, enjoy the immensely apropos framework of the background sounds, yet....ugh. Much too often, almost always, fails quality control! Those trimming the longer meditations previously produced (the longer originals surely A++👌🏼) down into each at least one succinctly short meditation of only a few minutes seems to have become habituated to ruining it.
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Destiny
Encouraging
I felt encouraged to take a few extra moments after this meditation to check in with myself as the silent being listening to my thoughts and gave myself the affirmation that “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone”
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William
Full body
Carla-Jo, yes! Just returned from market or no-market; needed simple return to well being; found it! Thanks.
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Amy
Calming and Relaxing
This meditation was so relaxing that I did not want it to end. It is centered around the simple concept of focusing on how your breath feels in certain areas of the body. While the practice in and of itself is simple, it is one that a lot of people (myself included) sometimes forget about. I will definitely be coming back to this meditation when I need to feel calm and at peace. Namaste everyone.
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Julie
Body Awareness
This session guides you to focus on breathing into different sections of your body. Settling into a comfortable sitting position on my couch, I began to focus on my breathing. Carla-Jo guides you to begin focusing on the front of your body. As my attention goes to the front of my body, I feel the gentle rise and fall of my stomach along with my torso growing taller. Next my focus goes to my back. Breathing into my back I felt a strong connection with my spine. I could feel the breath nourishing this area as my breath is moving up and down my spine. As I breathe into my shoulders which I didn’t realize how tight they were before breathing into them, I can feel this area soften. Breathing awareness into my body feels I am beginning the day with providing my body with nourishment along with loving kindness. This was a nice easy going meditation to begin the day with. May I take the time throughout the day to check in with my body.🙏
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Joyce
Shoulder the load...
This is the first time I’ve really felt the breath move into my shoulders. Good health to all and namaste.
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