B is for Breathe

B Is For Breathe


During meditation and Mindfulness practice lots of people have questions about how they should breathe. It is traditionally taught for yoga and meditation that you should breathe slowly and deeply, in through the nose, and out through the mouth… Is it the same in Mindfulness?


Well breathing slowly and deeply is good for relaxation, so this style of breathing would be great if it comes fairly naturally to you, but in a previous blog I mentioned that Mindfulness is all about awareness without judgement, so the best way to breathe during your mindful practice is how you would usually breathe!

Your breathe can be a great thing to focus on during your meditation – you might like to give your attention to how it makes your chest of stomach rise and fall. But try not to get distracted by worrying about whether you’re breathing right (or wrong) if you can.

You could also focus on how the breathe feels in your nose, or mouth. Is it warm, or cold? Does it give different sensations on the in breathe to the out?

There’s lots of ways you can turn your attention to your breathe as you are practicing Mindfulness, and as you relax into your practice you should find your breathing will become deep and relaxed naturally without you worrying too much if it’s right or wrong.

Why not leave me a comment with how you get on, if you decide to give it a go.

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  10 comments for “B is for Breathe

  1. April 4, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I was originally taught to count my breaths when I meditate. I found that really challenging; I was *thinking* too much. Shifting my attention to the sensations in my body as it relates to my breath opened up a whole new world of meditation for me.

    • Lottie Moore
      April 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Hi Cara, yes I can imagine trying to count would take up all your thoughts – I’m imagining counting sheep! Lol

  2. April 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I always take deep breaths when I feel anxious or overwhelmed. I find that it does help to calm my world.
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  3. Lottie Moore
    April 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for stopping by Mary, it’s true, a few deep breathes can really help to ground you.

  4. April 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I have a nice little yoga and meditation practice (I need to actually get to it this morning, rather than reading so many A to Z blog posts) and enjoy expanding my use of pranayama. Nice post!

    • April 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I hope you found time for your practice – the A to Z challenge is keeping me really busy too 🙂 I’m really enjoying it.
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  5. April 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I need to work better on my breathing, I think. I have heard it can be quite calming if breathing the right way so to speak.


  6. April 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This is somewhat along the lines of my T’ai Chi lessons from my sifu some years ago. Mindfulness is a very good way to live and learning to breathe well is important.

    • April 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Jo. you’re right, Mindfulness is a great way to live, and brings a lot of benefits – I hope your T’ai Chi did for you too
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