New Years Resolutions? Just Breathe

Declaring our New Year’s resolutions, for many of us, is where our yearly quest for improving our lives begins. Although come February, we often find ourselves slipping back into the day-to-day routines we’ve developed over the years.

Resolve – Find a Solution. Our new year’s resolutions are usually geared around the pursuit of finding solutions for improving our lives. Whether it’s losing weight, eating healthier, or just spending more time with the people we value most, a key to achieving our yearly resolutions is focus.

Focus is a goal in itself. One that can change the outcome of all that we do. One of the most important tools available to us for improving our focus is the simple bodily function of breathing. Though breathing usually takes place on an unconscious level, keeping us alive and well, there is a conscious relationship to breathing that can help us connect our physical and mental awareness in ways we may otherwise not experience.

At Maiden Lane Studios, we talk about and cue the conscious act of breathing in every class and session we offer. Each breath and movement has a purpose with an end goal in mind, helping us through our physical practice. Mentally, breathing helps to pull you into the present moment and focus on what is directly in front of you. By focusing on breathing, while clearing the mind of other thoughts, we can reduce stress, concentrate on the goal at hand, and achieve that goal with a much more conscious footprint than may have been realized without such focus.

“The process of breathing if fully understood and experienced in its profound significance, could teach us more than all the philosophies of the world.” – Lama Govinda.

By including the practice of conscious breathing in other aspects of our lives – a form of meditation – we may find a heightened ability to focus and achieve those yearly resolutions and anything else in our lives that we feel worthy of actually achieving.