All posts in “breathe”

That Wet Rug Is Going To Kill You

“It is so common for us to carry the weight of the day like a wet rug. Overtime our body over compensates to adjust to the burdens.”

For the past year I have spent time implementing various techniques to help address the stress I was under. From work, family, personal and health issues – we all carry a heavy load. One area that has been instrumental in balancing things out and helping me truly find peace and reasoning – is in something we do daily. By the minute, hour, month year and then we stop.

It is something that is forced us into as we leave the womb.

BREATH

It was 8PM and I was scrolling through my emails. Up pops a feature from Living Social for True Rest Float Spa.  You see I had heard of floating as a great meditation practice. I have also heard that it is super intense and not for those willing to step out and try something new.

Why not? I will book a session. I mean what is the worst that can happen? I can drown, have an out of body experience, the janitor may walk in on me naked, I may get stuck in the pod…… nothing can go wrong right? Sounds like a party I want to be invited to.

The website sums up my reasoning:

Imagine an environment free from gravity, strain, tension, or pain. Imagine if you could Float effortlessly without distractions or unwanted noise. YOU CAN!

You see what I found was something so unique I can only explain it as I shared in the spa journal.

“It is so common for us to carry the weight of the day like a wet rug. Overtime our body compensates to adjust to the burden. Floating takes the weight and removes it completely. Can’t wait to do it again. Just breathe!”

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What is Floating and why in the hell would someone actually do it?


 

If you are struggling with anxiety, injury, the stress of the daily routine – or you just want to try something new – go float. If you are in Arizona or the area, please go by and see Laura at True Rest in Gilbert AZ.

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Cheers,

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

 

Breathing Properly is More Important Than…..

QOTD-Breathe

 

“The Infant draws its first Breath – and lives! The Old Man ceases to Breathe – and life ends for him.”


 

Chapter Seven: Deep Breathing & Exercises / Natural Remedies by Ingrid Sherman 1970

Whenever you find time, go outdoors and look into the SKY for ten to fifteen minutes. On a warm summer’s day lie down on the grass – sun is back of you, so it will not shine into your eyes. Gaze into the sky or sit by a window looking into the sky. Take a few deeps breaths while looking out, make your mind blank. You will find it very relaxing.

For inner peace and harmony say the following: (You can do this sitting or laying down)

  1. I Draw new life into my system
  2. I breathe in positive vibrations
  3. I direct this new life to my brain for purer thoughts
  4. I direct these pure thoughts into my subconscious mind
  5. I direct them into each part of my body
  6. I store them up in my solar plexus
  7. I breathe in God’s health, God’s strength, God’s courage, and God’s peace

When drawing peace the word God is used to reference higher beings or sources of energy. From Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed to great creation – draw energy and peace. Kolby


 

Deep Breathing Exercise: 

  • Inhale with a steady breath through the nose with the mouth closed, then pull in two or three little “sniffs” of air. This will fill the lungs completely.
  • Breathe slowly out through the mouth, exhale more and more until your lungs are completely emptied.
  • On the last breath out, hold as long as you can before a deep breath in.
  • Repeat 3-5 times
  • Do in the morning when you arise and in the evening prior to sleep.

 

Breathing has changed many things for me. From stress management to cognitive functions -it helps.

Cheers!

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

 

3 Things You Can Do to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes or Less

There are so many small changes that you can make daily or weekly to effect your overall happiness, mindset and energy. If you have never run a marathon you shouldn’t set an unrealistic goal of running 5 days a week, if you don’t run at all today. You are setting yourself up for failure.

It is the science of goal setting that will help your path to success.

Below are some things I have implemented in my routine that have shaped my happiness and sense of fulfillment.

  1. Clean Your Workspace: Get all those papers & sticky notes put away. Take a wet wipe, or damp cloth and simply wipe things down. Your mouse, keyboard, monitor and desk area. The sense of clean and arranged work space allows the mind to feel less cluttered and free to make decisions and choices.
  2. Unplug: Our internet went down last night. The kids were watching Netflix, the wife was wanting to watch Hulu and I was working on invoices for open projects that needed to be emailed. At first there was that feeling of panic. Then we all went upstairs, climbed into our bed and relaxed. The kids went to sleep early, mom and I had the chance to tell stories of the week, laugh and simply hang out. It was nice to know that we didn’t need technology to co exist.
  3. Breathe: Your lungs and mind are always working. While sleeping or awake, these functions continue. Yet are you fully aware of the benefits of boosting your PH levels and dropping your O2 levels? It serves as a cleanse, stress release and mind focus exercise that will change the way you think of this basic function.

Breathing Exercise: Sit at your chair in your office or lie on your bedroom floor. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in as much air as you can fit in your lungs. Breathe out – only let half of the air out and take another deep breath in all the way let it half way out.

 

Do this for the count of 30 breaths in. On the last breath in let all the air out – every piece from your lungs. And sit. How long can your go before having to take a breath? Your first round can be up to 3 minutes. Your body is starting to become oxygenated.

 

Continue this for 3 rounds. You are now starting to practice the Wim Hof Method. It will change your life, I promise.

Have a great end of week and Friday!

Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Fear – HELP! I Can’t Breathe

Where is it that we find the most growth? It is not from doing what we always do or staying in our comfort zones. It almost always happens at the point of a personal challenge. As most of you know I am 13 weeks into recovery from a major shoulder surgery. In this we found numerous complications so my physical activity for the past 3 months has been almost non existent. I share this for one reason only – FEAR!

I have the opportunity to attend an exclusive breathing clinic being held by one of my favorite practitioners, Coach Brian Mackenzie.  To top it off he is having Mr. Wim Hof as the special guest for the all day session. If you do not know Wim, please watch the quick video below. He is the global leader in breathing technics to improve athletics, stress reduction and healing.

I don’t mean some late night infomercial scam, I mean the guy has worked with the scientific leaders from around the world to validate, measure and document his approach.

Did I mention that I am scared? Afraid – like my stomach is nervous as hell to attend and participate. Needless to say, this journey is for me and the things I will learn will be un measurable in value. As much as this post is about the importance of breathing, it is more so on overcoming your fear to find growth. Today – challenge yourself to do something uncomfortable.

More to come when I return from the experience.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Camp

Event Overview:

The ability to breathe is something that most people take for granted until they are in a situation when breathing becomes difficult.  Whether its induced by stress or health issues, restricted by water or metabolic capacity, all of us have been to that place where we realize we are limited by our ability to breathe.  What if you could learn how to be a better breather and open up more athletic, health and all around wellness as a result?

This camp is for anyone that wants to learn more about breathing, open up more athletic potential towards breathing, learn how to deal with stress, increase recoverability, and have a better overall awareness of you’re ability.

Direct Link:http://athletecell.com/product/breathing-performance-camp/

Who is Wif Hof and why should you care?

 

Healthly Options to Reduce Stress – A Discussion

I recently polled our newsletter subscribers and asked them one question.

“What is one thing that interests you about stress reduction?”

Hundreds of people responded with a very similar answer.

“What are the healthy options to help reduce stress?”

That is a really dynamic question to answer and can be sliced into a few categories. When you Google “how do I reduce stress?” over 29 million results come up. There are lots of opinions on what people think will work. You would think the answer is relatively easy. For sure someone has figured it out right?

A few of the top things that came up as dove into the options.

  • Mediate
  • Breathe Deeply
  • Slow Down
  • Laugh
  • Music
  • Exercise
  • Drink Tea
  • Be Grateful
  • Sleep
  • Medicate

When you break down the science of our bodies, you have to understand what chemicals actually cause stress. I will cover that in a separate post. But why do some of us deal with stress different than others?

For example in the 8 years that I have been married, I don’t think I have ever seen my mother in law upset. This is in 6 hour car rides to California with 4 kids. This is working as a teacher putting in long hours and still making dinner when she comes home. This is calmly asking my 3 year old son Noah to stop throwing the toys at his sister. Me on the other hand have had to catch myself from diving out the window of a moving car to avoid losing it.

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on dealing with stress and what you have found to be successful. If you are not into yoga, meditating or working out – what can you do? The numbers will say that 80% of Americans don’t participate in the previous mentioned activities. So how do most cope?

Medication, alcohol, drugs, food, indulgence.

We are going to break down the science of how your body produces stress, ways to curb the stimulant and with healthy activity actually getting into amazing mental shape. I have become a human guinea pig over the past 60 days, keeping a journal my progress in the day and evening. I have felt more focused and less edgy than in years remembered.

Let’s not get it twisted; there is no magic pill that will solve things. Just a few options to assist in controlling what gets produced when stress is created.

I am a pretty passionate dude, who still feels a bit edgy. Not sure that will ever change.

But hey that is who I am – and that’s ok with me.

Cheers,

Kolby