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Season 1 - Episode 3

Breath Awareness Meditation

10 min - Practice


Kira guides us in a meditation to begin to let the breath teather us inward. We move through a short practice with a focus on the inhale and exhale expanding and softening the belly, ribs, heart, and collarbones. We rest in the effects.
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Hi there. Let's begin to let our breath tether us inward. So step one, be comfortable. Find the seat where you feel supported. It can help to allow for a deliberate inhale, followed by an audible exhale. Let's do that again. Inhale and exhale. Let your natural generosity of heart help find your spine's alignment. And find the proper placement of your skull so that your head feels supported by your spine. Nice. Begin to notice that you're breathing. And as soon as you notice that you're breathing, your breath will change. Just like all of us change when somebody starts to pay attention. In fact, everything changes when we start to pay attention. And then for the purpose of practicing paying attention, begin to become aware of the movement of the breath in your lower belly. If it helps, bring one hand or two to your lower belly. You might let your eyes close or softly focus in front of you. And just begin to feel how the belly gently expands and opens on the inhale. And how the lower belly softens and retreats on the exhale. There's no need to artificially force the breath to be bigger. There's no need to strain. Nice. Okay. Gently relax this effort. And now begin to feel how you can breathe more into your lower side ribs. And while you do not need to use your hands, sometimes it can help. And most of us, it's easiest if we offer a little bit of a hug, kind of crossing the arms underneath so the fingers find the lower side ribs. And the invitation is to simply be interested in how as you inhale, the ribs widen. And how as you exhale, the ribs soften. Eyes could be closed or softly focused. This sometimes tempts the breath to deepen a lot. Like she starts to kind of want to show off a little bit and prove how big she can make the ribs. Just let her do her thing. Beautiful. One or two more like this just depends on your particular breath space. And then eventually release your hands and just rest in the effect. And now begin to become more aware of how the upper ribs respond to the breath. More around the region of the heart or really more above the heart. And if you'd like, you could even bring one hand up to this upper chest region and just feel the natural encouragement arise on the inhale. And fall on the exhale. Again, eyes might be softly focused or closed. Like really start, you're starting to practice tuning your inner eye inward. Letting the movement of the breath in the body help. Nice. Gently, as you're ready, release the hand if you've been using the hand as an assistant. Pause in the effect. And we're going to tune to one last place, which is to become aware of the breath in the upper collarbone region. And the lift up and around here. And if it would help bring your fingertips so lightly just on those upper collarbones. Just to feel this gentle rise. Beautiful. Let your hands now rest either on your legs or in your lap. Let your eyes close or softly focus. And together now we'll find three breaths, specifically aiming to be aware of each of these areas. And then we'll rest in the effect. So only as you're ready, on an upcoming inhale, begin to feel the inhales opening of the lower belly. Widening of the lower ribs. Expansion of the upper heart. And lift up through the collarbones. And as you exhale, feel the collarbones fall.

Heart soften, ribs soften, belly ease. Do that two more times on your own. And when you come to the end of that last one, relax the effort. Relax your deliberate focus on the breath. Let her do what she wants to do. She might go for a big clearing breath or be barely visible. But just sensing the effect of tuning inward a little bit. And if your eyes are closed, gently open them. Thank you.


Claudia Jean
Thank you, Kira. That was relaxing and refreshing.
Kate M
2 people like this.
This was deeply relaxing. Undoing doing. Letting the muck settle...
Thank you, Kira.
Michelle F
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gosh kira, the "offer a little bit of a hug" to the lower ribs was gorgeously effective! thank you....have a beautiful day! loveandpeacexxxx
Kate M
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(this works really well as an accompaniment to a yoga nidra / savasana practice too!)
Glenford N
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A beautiful way to feel my breath gently expanding and exploring my body. Thanks Kira, Namaste .

Kira Sloane
Hi Glenford. Thank you for practicing with us. xok
Glenford N
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Hi Kira, a heart felt thanks for allowing me to connect with my breath and the miracle of life. Namaste.
Karina V
Another great reflection: how someone changes when we pay attention, so fundamental especially for our children!
Kira Sloane
Karina, so true!! xok
Sandra Židan
Nice meditation! Thanks, Kira!
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