MEDITATION QUEEN: Deborah Green has been teaching yoga and meditation for 20 years
From the moment we are born into this world we breathe, whether the rhythmical in and out of air happens automatically or thanks to the helping hand of another, it is an essential element of life that we all perform.
In and out, in and out, and we hardly give it a second thought.
This process of drawing fresh air into the lungs to flush out carbon dioxide and resupply the body with oxygen is, to most of us, just what happens as we go about our daily lives.
But how many of us actually do it properly?
We know that when we feel tense or stressed, our breathing speeds up and becomes shallow and that taking deep breaths helps to calm us.
But did you know that just taking a few minutes out of every day can not only help you start the day off feeling calm and more centred, but improve the function of your nervous system too? Oh, and you don't even have to get out of bed to do it!
Deborah Green has been teaching yoga and meditation across East Staffordshire for 20 years, as well as running regular retreats, and is passionate about making both accessible to everyone.
She trained under one of the best-known figures in alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra, and can be found on Instagram as debgreenmeditationqueen.
"At this time of year, it's cold, it's dark, who wants to go downstairs to their 'favourite' room to sit and meditate?" she said. "With this simple exercise, you don't even have to get out of bed!"
Mum-of-one Deb admits she's with most of us when it comes to getting out of bed on a cold dark morning - how many times do you press snooze?
"People think they have to find a special room or a special chair to meditate in, or sit on the floor," she said. "But that's not true - and if you think you have to go through all that before you can even start, it's going to put you off.
"We also live in a society where we think we've got to tick a box of achieving something. It's a modern day take on life where we don't know how to sit without thinking, what's next," she said.
Deb recommends sitting up in bed and wrapping your dressing gown around you, or a cardigan or jumper so you are warm and comfortable, or even taking five minutes after your morning shower.
"That five minutes will set you up for the day, and even that short time can change your nervous system," said Deb.
"First of all, just relax your belly. Don't think about counting or breathing any differently yet, just relax. Don't do anything else, just focus on relaxing, and then once you're feeling relaxed, you can slow down your breathing.
"When you have done that for a little while and you feel connected, slow it down and breathe in for three and out for five, doing a silent count for about five minutes."
Deb says taking those few minutes each morning to slow down your breathing will help set you up for the day, and even added: "I'm all about making things as easy as possible - so you don't even have to sit up in bed if you don't want to.
"But if you're staying lying down, you might want to set your alarm again - you don't want to get so relaxed you end up sleeping through your day!"
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