On my 24th day of self care I am contemplating my breath! Breathing is the most simple yet amazing process… without breath there is no life. When a baby is born, it is the first breath that signifies that he or she has fully arrived into the world of the living. When we die, the breath leaves. To breathe is to take air, oxygen, etc., into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire. Breathing is the one bodily function that we do automatically without thinking about it, yet if we do focus our attention on it, we can affect or change the breathe. In this way the breath is the bridge between the unconscious mind and the conscious mind. Our breath is the most effective way to have impact on the automatic part of our nervous system. In a way the breathe is our true human super power: for it is the link between life and death and it has the power to affect the way we think, feel and move. When we don’t breathe well it not only limits our oxygen but it also creates tension and immobility. Proper breathing involves the diaphragm, and if the diaphragm is not being used correctly, it will not support your posture either. A dysfunctional diaphragm puts you at greater risk of back, shoulder or neck injury as those muscles will over work every time you try to breath. Here is Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement website explaining the mechanics of breath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3j_gQdicWI . Check it out. In less than 7 minutes she explains how the different kinds of breath affect us. Here is a simple breath exercise I tried today: Lie down on a rug or blanket on the floor in a relaxed body pose. Make yourself comfortable. Place your hands gently on your solar plexus (that point where your ribs start to separate above your abdomen) and practice deep, relaxed breathing for a few minutes. Try to feel your lower ribs expanding out to the sides, and your belly rising with each inhalation and then the ribs coming in and the belly going down on the the exhalation. Imagine that, with each incoming breath of air, energy is rushing into your lungs and being immediately stored in your solar plexus. Imagine that as you exhale, this energy is flowing out to all parts of your body. Form a mental picture of this energizing process. Continue for at least five to ten minutes.