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Dissolve Your Stress + Reset Your Perspective with Deep Breathing

September 10, 2015

Sure, we’re all breathing or we wouldn’t be alive. But are you really breathing? Like, hydrating your cells, slowing down hasty impulses, dropping into the present moment type of breathing? This is something we can all practice in almost any setting: deep-present-nourishing inhales followed by slow-steady-softening exhales. Continuously.

Recently, a healer I work with told me, “Regret is the past. Anxiety is the future. Conscious breath is the present.Genius. She also told me, “You breathe into your upper chest when you speak about certain things, like a flutter, and that is creating anxiety. Breathe deeper into your belly more often. Big deep belly breaths, as you relax your heart and settle into yourself.” Ding ding. Her words hit home. I guess I needed to hear it. Again.

We have to keep reminding ourselves to consciously breathe, both on and off our yoga mat. Especially when we feel anxious, stressed or heady. Our nervous system, mental and emotional wellbeing, creative fire and even our relationships will all greatly benefit.

It seems like common sense. Yet our day-to-day tasks and missions can take over when we don’t pay attention. It doesn’t mean you’re “bad.” So don’t go down that rabbit hole. It just means that whenever you notice you’ve drifted away into shallow breathing, pause and breathe deeper. You’ll reset and remember that all is well.

Eventually, all of the little reminders will add up and before you know it, healthy breathing will become your preferred way of living in your beautiful breathing body. And I’m most certainly on the journey with you.

I’ve recorded a 5-minute audio where I guide you through a simple and gentle ‘Present Breath Meditation’ – Check it out on my Soundcloud page or scroll down below(Plus there’s a ton more music to listen to when you go to this page). Soothing Tibetan Singing Bowls are in the background as I guide you into a deep and steady breath rhythm. You can take this practice with you anywhere, it’s yours to keep.

Now, take 3 deep, long, steady breaths right now.What shifts do you feel?

Please share your experience below to keep the conversation going! And if you found this post or the free 5-minute Present Breath Meditation helpful, share it with your friends. The more conscious breathing on the planet the better! 

Join Aarona Ganesan for mystical week of de-stressing on a Peru Yoga Retreat this November. Check out all the details. 


With yoga, holistic health and the arts being at the forefront of Aarona Ganesan's life journey, she has a deep sense of how to guide a nourishing and dynamic experience both on and off the mat. Her classes infuse a range of movement disciplines grounded in a steady alignment-based Vinyasa style that invites you to safely explore your edge, drop into your breath rhythm, and align your physical and subtle body. She’s the founder/producer of ‘Yoga Soundscape’ – an experience that engulfs you in a live music and sound concert as you move through a thoughtfully orchestrated movement practice. Aarona is based in NYC and teaches public classes throughout. She also facilitates adventure yoga retreats globally, leads empowering women’s workshops, offers private coaching, and is the author/founder of the upcoming healing cards “The Moon Deck™”. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, Fréttblaðið (one of the biggest newpapers in Iceland), Times of India, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, AlignYo, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio.