Shift your emotional intimacy

  1. Cultivate awareness with your emotions throughout the day… ex. Learning to mindfully sit with your emotional body without judgement or control and allowing any emotions to arise and meet them with love
  2. Have difficult conversations… you don’t neccesarily need to seek them out, but if they arise… create space for them… for example, when a difficult conversations arises speak to it, call it out… agree to create saftey that even though one partner may not like what they hear, or it may bring up difficult emotions, that both parties are doing it with love, for the betterment and healing of both… the more one can navigate difficult emotions and conversations, the more trust and saftey will be built and a capacity to trust that one can speak their truth and be heard and bad things won’t happen because of it… this work is deep, but it will alter every emotional encounter you have in life if you can do it in the saftey of your loving partnership

The following section is a list of practices you can try while seated a few feet apart from eachother:

  1. Eye gaze
  2. Make silly faces and sounds
  3. Dyad – there are several ways of organizing a dyad ..here is an example, each partner gets 5-10 minutes to speak, the other witnesses or holds space (with loving awareness – no judgement- not reactive to what is being expressed), then they switch. A dyad can discuss….. sexual intimacy, relationship planning, relationship issues, mother and father relationships, etc ..
  4. Circulate breath energy… form a looping breath, starting in the genitals, breath it up the spine and breath it out, then the other breaths it in, draws it down to their genitals, then the other breath it up their genitals (note there are other energetic pathways, this is just one)
  5. Consciously connect your breath without pause, through mouth or nose with eye gazing.
  6. Take turns energy healing or placing a hand on or over the genitals, solar plexus, heart, throat, forehead, crown and allowing the other to breath into this area
  7. Both close your eyes, and create a shared imagine space between both of you at the level of the forehead… create a vision for your future and both visualize …build it together…do this often to keep it alive
  8. Work on non-verbal communication and telepathy…. both close eyes, one partner holds their awareness at a certain center of their body (heart, plexus, third eye etc), and the other is tasked with tuning into the field of awareness and guessing where… conversely, with one partner having eyes closed the other partner holds hands out and projects energy from their hands over a part of the body… heart, head, knee, gential… the partner with closed eyes is tasked with sensing where their partner is holding their hands
  9. Sit in silence
  10. Sing together
  11. Pick a topic …. mom, finances, sex, love
    Then say the topic word you have chosen and first thing that comes to mind ….it works most effectively to gather subconscious information if you speak a bit faster than you can consciously think …example

Mom..love…mom..care..mom..Julie… mom…etc etc

If your resisting and trying to say the right thing or shy away from inappropriate things, let go off control!

  1. Back and forth exercise… one partner says I am thankful for (blank) …then switch …. gratitude is most effective if what you are saying is not simply mouth noises..as you progress the practice will have an oppoutunity to open up deeper layers of gratitude if you are willing and available to move into those states
  2. Speak to your relationship… the good, the bad, the ugly, the saintly … hold the space with love
  3. Say love, but prolong the last sound of vveeeeeeeeee, till your body vibrates then deep breath and repeat …Harmonize your cells to vibrate at the frequency of love
  4. Breath in 7 times, moving up the chakras, and 1 exhale… repeat together. (Make sure you are present in your pelvic floor and lifting the energy up -for proper technique, learn from myself or another teacher) …conversely, go to YouTube and listen to or chant seed sound syllables (lam, vam, ram, yam, ham, om) or kundalini healing mantra (ra, ma, da, sa, say, so, hum)
  5. Breath in 3 times, belly, heart,, head… hold breath while arching back with arms out, then double exhale release, relax, and curl in – like a seated cat cow. … roll eyes up and back ..tongue to roof of mouth (once again, to learn the proper technique, seek my guidance, or another breathwork and pranyam teacher)
  6. Find a tube that you can both put your mouths on… one person prolongs a gentle breath into the tube, while the other breaths in the others breath and fills their body, then reverse the process
  7. Prop yourself in a good way… perhaps on your knees with hands on the ground and press your forehead together, roll your eyes up, tongue to roof of mouth… long slow deep breathing, or fast breathing like breath of fire
  8. Mirror each others movement while coordinating with your breath to synconize your energy fields … or practice seated qigong in unison
  9. Throw an energy ball back and forth
  10. Practice facial expressions and embodying different energies and archetypes
  11. Release emotions together
  12. Laughter therapy together …try for 20 min or an hour then lie down … to learn techniques seek guidance
  13. Go back and forth…in our relationship I have felt (blank)..example….sad, lovely, depressed, less, great, etc

This exercise works bests if you don’t go into any story, but rather feel the emotion you have spoken forth, while the other holds space and honours it…there is no need to dive into what and why, if you can feel it and clear it with the breath – always hold the space with love for healing to happen

  1. In the relationship I have am cultivating…. joy, patience… laughter…

Back and forth

This works best if you embody it as you speak it and call it forth In the moment and increase its capacity to show up again

  1. I love you because… I love it when you…. (choose one, or create your own) etc repeat, fill your partner with your words of love, but more important, let them feel you… you can’t fake this kind of intimacy folks … if your not feeling it, get real and get to the bottom of it
  2. Role play, if today was our last day together …perhaps one partner has been called up by the aliens 😛 or they have a terminal disease … this is the final night… say all that you need to say, tell them all about what your relationship has meant….then…
  3. Make love to them with all the love your boundless heart has …

Then.. carry this energy into your every day life, because you never know if today could be the last day….

Blessings to all the lovers and the sacred flame of love they tend

With love,
Aya -ZK

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Shift your se×ual intimacy

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  1. Be conscious … meaning go slower than your use to at times… pause… feel… increase pace… find your normal patterns, pause, choose, become more aware
  2. Utilize emotion, mental, physical, and spiritual intimacy

Example. Emotional – sing together, share feelings, lie heart to heart

Mental – talk se×ual, talk about your connection

Physical – tend to your partners body, explore their body with fingers, toes, tongue

Spiritual – meditate on love together, pray, learn tantra or sexual kung fu

  1. Use tools – feather, rope, dildo, chains, musical instruments, butt plugs, etc
  2. Don’t finish with ejaculation (learn to be multi-orgasmic without ejaculation)
  3. Pause when se×ual energy is flowing, tense pelvic floor, se×ual organ, and rectum and anus and draw the energy to heart or head or circulate it around the body
  4. Be intimate outside
  5. Touch and tease to the exclusion of one se×ual element ( for example, start to touch and tease the body while coming close to kissing without kissing until your body throbs and pulses for it)
  6. Take turns teasing the other
  7. Communicate your desires and fantasies
  8. Eye gaze
  9. Communicate your fears around se×
  10. Communicate past sexual experiences
  11. Communicate how you like to be touched
  12. Pay attention to patterns (do you give and receive equally, do you act habitually?)
  13. Embody your se×ual God or goddess nature
  14. Lick and suck – eye, anus, toes, fingers, in the ear
  15. Learn your partners love langauge
  16. Begin se× days or weeks before… start the foreplay and build up then.. talk about it.. cultivate it in your body… cultivate your mind with loving thoughts… mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual build up and intimacy before the act
  17. Don’t let se×uality end when the sexual act ends
  18. Breathworking, before, during, and after
  19. Learn orgasm breath (book a session with me and learn more breath forms)
  20. Massage the spine
  21. Work with pain… slap, nipple twist, scratching, biting, etc
  22. Work with the energy channels meridians, and open the body before circulating se×ual energy
  23. Dance and stretch before making love
  24. Write poetry
  25. Synch breaths
  26. Make love while eye gazing
  27. Stay connected with your heart and their heart -in one expanded field of awareness
  28. Master your se×ual practice so you can offer more and know what you want and like
  29. Play with their hair
  30. Invite in space for humor and playfulness
  31. Explore new positions, both in the body, and in the world
  32. Work with compression bands and blood flow restrictions
  33. Practice reading each others non-verbal communication
  34. Practicing levels of touch skin, muscle, bone, and doing energy work on subtle energy
  35. Chant a mantra and or scream it…while having se× to open throat channels
  36. Have se× with the light on… or in the dark
  37. Do martial arts before se× together
  38. Or dance in synchronization
  39. One partner becomes still the other does all the moving and thrusting …then switch
  40. Become animals
  41. Surprise your partner by breaking your pattern of moving and breathing to evoke new energy
  42. Pause… meditate and pulse your se×ual organs
  43. For men …practice inhaling and squeezing se× centers, then relaxing…. slapp your balls… twirl your member.. pull your member and stretch the fascia
  44. Myosacial on the genitals and anus
  45. Use ice cubes
  46. Use incense
  47. Spread your toes and fingers then squeeze them and repeat to open energy channels
  48. Shake before or during the act
  49. Primal scream
  50. Tell your partner you love them over and over or I thank you
  51. Chant aummm or say loveeeeeeee and intoned the vvvvvvvvvveeeee at the end of love to your entire being vibrates in love

With love,
Aya -ZK

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Shift your se×ual intimacy – part 2

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  1. Sit together, and look into each others eyes while imagining all the things your going to do to the other partner, while pulsing and breathing into your genitals …the more you can imagine and feel and get into it, the better… then as things built, let it naturally act itself out … often better than you could have ever imagined
  2. When you self pleasure, have a level of love in your heart
  3. Play with your nipples throughout the day
  4. Wear a genital accessory, like a cocktail ring to stay present and bring more awareness to your se× organs for better mindbody control
  5. Sit on and massage your perineum with a tennis ball …works well in vehicle to stay grounded too
  6. Drink your partners urine (if they are healthy and have a clean diet)
  7. Spit in each others holes
  8. One partner lies down and tries to stay still and contain their arousal, while the other slithers over them, and moans in their ear
  9. Touch your partners body after warming your hands by rubbing them together, but only at the distance of the the little hairs that cover their body ..activating subtle sensation …works well if partners have a bush or gential hair
  10. Tie or gag your partner
  11. Roll your partners balls in your palm
  12. Stretch out your sac and breath into the fascia
  13. Have your partner hang weights on your member
  14. Tap the area right above the se× organ
  15. Stimulate the piriformis muscle
  16. Practice tongue exercises
  17. Motor boat your partners cleavage and cracks
  18. Suck your partners flesh
  19. Slowly and with love apply pressure or pain …being mindful to go slow, and work with the tolerance of your partner
  20. Take turns slapping each other
  21. Make love under layers and layers of blankets
  22. Make love with a turbin on to activate crown
  23. Practice moaning deep and meduim and high tone to open of bodymind
  24. Sweep up and down the body to organize energy channels
  25. Learn to utilize the thrusting channel (qigong)
  26. Stick your finger in your partners mouth and explore, and/or pull their lip
  27. Utilize circular movement to swirl energy
  28. Swirl your hand around partners members
  29. Flick the tip
  30. When partner (male is hard) pull his member down hold it there for a few moments then let it fling up and hit his stomache
  31. When partner (male is hard) stroke his member away (base to tip) while he times his breathing with the sensation… then work it in reverse to gain better control of sexual energy
  32. When orgasmic energy is high, inhale, hold breath squeeze entire body… or circulate up spine… option to do headstone to bring orgasm energy to brain for full body orgasm
  33. Video tape your se×
  34. Self pleasure yourself while your partner shows off their body
  35. Dance for your partner
  36. Sing for your partner
  37. Clean naked for your partner
  38. Make dinner naked for your partner
  39. Spend the day being naked
  40. If one partner has a sensitive area and their body, help them to integrate and accept it by holding it with your hands and allowing them to breath into it and holding the space with love -if both partners are willing, of course
  41. While penetrating put pressure on or around perineum or anus
  42. Circle the anus and get them to flex it to engorged it with blood and activate the hormones and glands near and around
  43. Then use your tongue
  44. Tongue can go anywhere, even a gentle licking of the eye… when we are aroused the saliva can create endorphins which can be absorbed and offered
  45. Get into your favorite yoga asanas, then allow your partner to massage you, stimulate your meridians, your stimulate your pleasure parts
  46. Have one partner gentle and quickly punch the buttocks for several minutes or both partners bounce of their bottoms to activate muladhara
  47. Practice energetics locks (breathwork)
  48. Breath your partner in as you kiss
  49. Circulate breath by breathing it through your body exhaling it then other partner inhales in.. bring it through sex centers
  50. Kiss upper lip, lower lip, peck, smooth, suck, bite, suckle, graze, tease, press, push
  51. Quickly kiss 33 times
  52. Kiss with eyes open

With love,
Aya -ZK

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Learn what your breath is telling you – Introduction to Breath Sciences for those interested in becoming breathwork facilitators or breath masters. – Part 2

I’ll soon be recording a breathwork training program and leading a level 1 facilitation program to begin others on their breath journey to know more about their breath, or to become a facilitator. In light of this, I will be sharing Breath Science material that will offer an introduction to the kind of material covered in the course.
For full introduction, disclaimers, and how to use this information, including a short breath practice to help you identity your breathing patterns, please see part 1

Click link here – https://zkcoaching.ca/2021/04/01/learn-what-your-breath-is-telling-you-introduction-to-breath-sciences-for-those-interested-in-becoming-breathwork-facilitators-or-breath-masters/amp/

Breath Pattern Diagnosis Information:

  1. A pause before the inhalation

The practice of Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB) is hallmarked by a breathing pattern that is connected – meaning there is no pauses. If there is a habitual inclination to pause before the inhalation there is some hesitation to take in breath – or it could be expressed as a metaphor, a hesitation to take in life force, or to take in the experience of life. This pattern may denote an imbalance and preference to surrender to life, but not in the positive letting go sense, more of a giving in and bending down towards life with tail between legs. The balance of the breath, and the balance of life is to manage effort and ease, or will and surrender.

Corrective measures:

  • Coaching the breath and the client to take their inhalation as soon as they reach the bottom of the exhalation and breathing with them.
  • Building up an internal intensity of awareness to the pattern, and continually breathing in with life force and enthusiasm on the inhale to encourage life force to flow in and an openness to say ‘yes!’ to experience.
  • Hold breath out of the body, till the urge to inhale becomes reflexive.
  1. A pause before the exhalation

When an individual takes life force and experience in with the inhalation and habitually has hesitation to release the breath and surrender, the metaphor for the pattern is a resistance to letting to. Further assessment is advantageous to determine which parts of the body are most resistant to softening on the exhalation. The overall pattern is that there is a pause before exhalation, the deeper question is what physical, mental, and emotional holding is preventing the full release.

Corrective measures:

  • Breath hold on the inhalation till the breath naturally requires surrendering.
  • Throwing a tantrum, shaking, or using bioenergetic release methods.
  • Affirmations: “It is safe is surrender”
  1. Control of the inhalation

The technique of CCB has several variations depending on the school and lineage. In general, it is taught that the inhalation has some degree of effort, while the exhalation is easeful. Though, it can be reversed to have an active and controlled exhale and a relaxed inhalation. And in truth, once the breath starts flowing, there is often a sense at which the ‘breath breaths itself’. So, a controlled inhalation can be difficult to determine; however, if one can properly identity a dysfunctional control of inhalation it may reflect a certain limiting of the life force from coming into the body. Further investigation as to which areas in the body one is controlling is important to determine what area of one’s life is being controlled. For example, an individual may express a high degree of control around their sexual organs and pelvic area, or perhaps the breath is jerky or forceful, which may be a metaphor for how one relates to this area of the body and its associated functions.

Corrective measures:

  • Exhale breath hold
  • Open mouth wider, open arms and legs
  • Tapping of the body
  • Get them to dance before the session and to move rhythmically during the session to create ease and flow
  1. Suspension of the breath

There is a natural way to spontaneously suspend the breath which can be beneficial, as well as the implementation of breath holds is a positive practice in breathwork. There is also a dysfunctional pattern of suspending that breath that is associated with voiding the body and feeling. This pattern is often an avoidance of feeling or something that is arising in the body. It is termed the ‘unconscious source urge or unconscious death urge’, which expresses that an individual may have a drive to leave their body and be released from what they are experiencing in this life. This pattern of voiding the body is often a control pattern that arises when an individual is under stress, an individual with this pattern is more likely to use substances to numb or to be inclined towards suicidal tendencies when challenged or stress is high.

Corrective measures:

  • The lower portion of the belly and body is associated which our most physical nature, thus keeping the breathers energy and awareness in the low belly and legs helps to keep them present in the body.
  • Holding ankles, feet, using pressure points in feet or calves.
  • Reminding a person that it is safe to be in the body.
  • The individual may be voiding the body because they do not feel safe, creating a safe environment, with safe individual is important. As if the work one does outside of the breath session, which may include reaching out to therapist, family support, assuring finances health and other areas of high stress are being managed.
  1. A shallow breath

There are times when the breath will become shallow, such as after releasing a large emotion, or towards the end of the practice. But if the breather has consistent trouble activating and breathing deep throughout the session, it may indicate a sluggishness of mind and body. The breath being a metaphor for how the breather is living, a shallow breather is one who is not expanding themselves and taking in life. Further inspection for any energy blockages will indicate where the energy is blocked.

Corrective measures:

  • Identify where the energy is blocked (which chakra)
  • Move the body before and during the session to open the energy channels, especially the legs which are powerful generators of energy and important pumps for getting energy flowing through the system.
  • Get them playing or having fun before and during the session.
  • Coaching before the session to get them excited.
  • Get the client to speak in tongues and be silly and deprogram the current pattern and emotional state to make a positive shift

End – part 2

Learn what your breath is telling you – Introduction to Breath Sciences for those interested in becoming breathwork facilitators or breath masters.

Learn what your breath is telling you – Introduction to Breath Sciences for those interested in becoming breathwork facilitators or breath masters.

I’ll soon be recording a breathwork training program and leading a level 1 facilitation program to begin others on their breath journey to know more about their breath, or to become a facilitator. In light of this, I will be sharing Breath Science material that will offer an introduction to the kind of material covered in the course.

Today’s topic: Breath Patterns and their mental-emotional correlations

Introduction:

How the breath flows into your bodymind (bodymind recognizes body and mind are one unit) is how you think and feel. It may be beneficial to think of the bodymind as a wind instrument, and the wind is the breath of the great musician that gives life to the body. The harmonics of your instrument (how you think and feel and experience life) depend on how you hold your physical frame, what emotions are being held or expressed, and what qualities of mind are being experienced. These and many other factors determine how the breath flows through the instrument which determines the qualities of your consciousness. Through this understanding, learning the science of the breath, involves an understanding of how we can change our body position, such as in yoga, and how that changes our respective state of consciousness. For the purposes of this article we will examine the breathing mechanism while an individual is lying on their back and breathing in a circular rhythm -inhale and exhale are connected without pause- and exploring different breathing patterns and their possible connections to mental-emotional patterning.

How to use this material:

This material is for educational purposes only and is not to be used as a diagnosis. This is introductory information and will offer you an innerstanding of your bodymind and your patterns of breathing, and their possible mental-emotional correlations. The material presented is not comprehensive, as it is out of the scope of this article to list all the possible breathing patterns and dysfunctions, as well as the possible correlations and treatments. Further, there are too many correlations within every specific breathing pattern to gather a proper diagnosis from just reading the breath, once again, this material is meant as an introduction to breath pattern diagnosis.

Short Breath Practice to Gather Information:

Before beginning, I recommend following this breathing protocol – estimated time 10 minutes.

  1. Begin my setting a safe space where you will be undisturbed and where you can fully relax.
  2. Lie on your back – mouth open – jaw relaxed – throat open – shouldered released – belly soft.
  3. Take a few moments to disengage the muscles and close the eyes.
  4. Breath in and out through an open mouth without any pauses.
  5. Create a breath wave that begins at your pelvic floor, stomach will expand out with the breath, then heart, then release the breath without control. The breath will form a circular pattern through the body, up the front of the body, down and around the spine.
  6. Become a witness of the breath and body by expanding your awareness to observe your whole body and breath process and let go to allow a natural (not too controlled) rhythm to take place. – we are looking for your natural breathing pattern, that being said, too much force and control won’t give an accurate breathing pattern.
  7. Vibrant and full inhales, relaxed exhales.
  8. Expand the breath deep and full, for ~ 6 minutes, then allow the effort and expansion to decrease as you allow the breath to wind down, and become more shallow, and effortless, until your not controlling the breath at all and simply resting (approx. 4 minutes for wind down).
  9. ***key point: be aware of the breath, your body, the energy of your body, if there is any holdings or tightness you can witness or observe, what emotions you may experience, and any other observations. It may be advantageous to write this information down before continuing onto the breath pattern diagnosis information.

Breath Pattern Diagnosis Information:

Introduction:

This section will give a list of several breathing patterns and information of why they may be occurring. From your experience in the breathing practice you may have observed areas in your body where the breath did not flow well, or perhaps there was resistance to letting go of the exhalation. These are all indicators of areas where there is an opportunity to create more ease and flow in the breathing mechanism.

Note: it can be a challenge to witness your own breath patterning because it is often a subconscious pattern in your system, for best results, please see a certified breathwork instructor with adequate understanding of breath pattern diagnosis.

Primary Material:

  1. A controlled exhalation

The exhalation of the breath is related to the capacity to let go. Control on the exhalation and an inability to surrender that control indicates an unwilling to let go. The control, or inability to let go may be in the throat (which will give a sound on the exhalation), it may be a tightening of the chest, or firming of the diaphragm, or several other areas. Depending on where the breath is being controlled indicates where the respective energy block is (energy block – may be mental, emotional, or physical in nature).

Corrective Measures:

  • Inviting awareness to surrender, with the recognition that it is safe to surrender. When the nervous system becomes stressed, it becomes tight and activates many biological processes which signal that it is not safe to let go. By becoming aware of this process, speaking to the subconscious, and allow the time and possibly the support needed, the bodymind can begin to soften and release these pent up tensions and the associated energy block(s).
  • Take a deep breath and hold it, then release.
  • Take a double inhale (belly – heart), then surrender exhale.
  • Utilize dance, a work-out, or vigorous movement and shaking, then come to lie down and see if the additional energy and the corresponding relaxation can cause a ripple of surrender to release the blockage.
  1. Breathing is shallow and fast – can’t take deep breath

Shallow and fast breathing often indicates stress and a blocked emotional charge in the system. The natural tendency when one is feeling relaxed and positive is a slow, full and deep breath. Conversely, when we encounter stress or experience an emotion we are resistant to feeling, the tendency is to diminish the breath, which corresponds to feeling less, and subsequently prevents the emotion from being experienced fully, but also relates to not processing that emotion or fear or stress, and thus it blocks the system. Because a full deep breath into the full body indicates a metaphoric saying “yes” to life, a shallow breath (which may also be paired with a blockages in a certain area) indicates a metaphoric shutting down of one’s openness to life and what is arising in their system.

Corrective Measure:

  • Softening into feeling, and then assess where in the body there may be a block and then breathing into this area, expanding the feeling, expressing it, then releasing it.
  • Movement -yoga, dance, sport, martial arts- then surrender to the breath.
  • Affirmations – “I say yes to life”
  • Every inhale taking a deeper breath, and over time allowing the natural process of the breath to open up the bodymind.
    Note: an individual will ‘open up’ or surrender to feeling(s) when they (the nervous system or larger intelligence of the bodymind) feel safe to surrender. This may require time or the support of another.
  1. The abdomen is not receiving breath

When the breath is focused only in the upper regions of the abdomen, or perhaps only up in the chest and heart, and the breather experiences a decreased capacity to maintain the breath in the abdomen, it indicates a level of avoidance. In terms of bodymind mapping, there a great deal of energy and information contains in our abdomen. The abdomen houses the 3 lower chakras, it contains the diaphragm, and many of our organs and vital gland centers. The science of bodymind mapping is a bit peculiar, Chinese medicines looks an organ systems and tracks various emotions with different organs (ex. Liver = anger), other bodymind mapping systems will have different ways of laying out where we hold different emotions and beliefs. It can be a bit confusing when there are so many with contradictory information, and some systems seem to work with some breathers, and others don’t. My advise is, read them, see if they work for you and your body – you’ll know it works when you it causes a shift in your energy. But, then don’t assume it will work on someone else.
Trust your intuition. With that being said, the abdomen is associated with holding lower density emotions such as fear, guilt, shame, and other forms of self-judgement. Further, when an individual resists to breath into their abdomen, they will be less present in their physical body. There are dozens of key places in abdomen to assess, such as along the diaphragm, liver, stomach, gallbladder, 2 inches below navel, kidneys, etc. Each area may store a different energy block to be cleared.

Corrective Measure:

  • Placing a heating pad or sand-bag on the area can help to maintain the awareness in the belly.
  • Practicing pranayama before conscious connected breathing exercises.
  • Place the feet on the floor, knees up.
  • Cold shower or cold bath.
  • Lie face down.
  • Massage tummy as your breath.
  1. The upper chest is not receiving breath

Areas to assess, where does the breath disconnect as it travels from pelvis to heart? Where does the breath feel tight? – Sternum, middle of chest, sides of chest, upper chest, etc.
The chest houses the lungs and heart and is one of the primary centers for emotions and love to be experienced. There may be some resistance to opening the heart and thus feeling, expressing, receiving, or giving love. Challenges around grief, sadness, anger, and compassion may be present. Also, there could be an inability to expand certain areas of the lungs.

Corrective measures:

  • Practicing Tonglen Meditation or Compassion meditation.
  • Having a facilitator offer a loving touch and presence to the heart.
  • Push-ups, then heart openers (yoga) before breathing.
  • Tapping on the chest.
  • Double inhale, belly then chest.
  • Pressure on the solar plexus, to aid in the flow of breath to cross the diaphragm and enter into the chest

End of part 1.

I’ll be posting more in the future….but if you have any questions on your breathing patterns, feel free to leave a comment.