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Breath Away

How often do we think about our breathing? It comes naturally, right. So why to to worry about. We don’t breath – means we don’t live. But when we do breath, do we do it in any specific manner? Have you ever try to observe your breath other then at yoga class? never did, until i discovered the benefits of it.
It is known fact, that breath is fully connected to the level of stress in you body. Same as you can limit stress at yoga practice, you can limit it it during day-to-dayy life, simply, by observing your breath. Is my breath short or long, deep or shallow, fast or slow. Have yo ever notice, that when you get angry or stressed you heart start racing and breath becomes short and shallow? Or when you scared, it slows down?
Yoga practice brings us into control of our breathing through Pranayam techniques and teaches us to reduce stress through Meditation. On the Yoga Journal Website both of them described widely.

Both of those yogic techniques are great to learn and use, but how often do you get an opportunity in real life to take a moment by yourself to meditate? Me – never, sad to admit, but other then short Khapallabhati Pranayama before morning Sun Sun Salutation or Mriji Mudra in the evening i have not progressed.

My yoga teacher thought us, and i follow it now and see the benefit – PAY ATTENTION to YOUR BREATHING. When you feel overwhelmed, stressed or even angry – just pay attention to your breathing. this is what i do:

1. I seat down keeping straight spine (on a chair, couch or anything beside me), relax my shoulders and do not cross either my legs or my arms (trying to open my palms so they can face up and be open to the energy of universe). I silent my mind by concentrating on my breath.

2. When i feel that i am in full attention of it, i start slowing it down: breathing in to the count of 3 and breathing to the count of 3. Then slowly increase the number of second i breath in up to 6 or 8 counts. Then reverse it and increase breathing out time, keeping breath in as short as 3 or 4 counts. Every breath you take – make sure to make it deep and expand all your diaphragm and rib cage – fell that cold air enters your nostrils, filling up you abdomen (abdomen rises), filling up your diaphragm (it expands), filing up your ribcage and your chest. Breeth out slowly, feeling how warm air leaving your internal organs all negative energy is leaving your body.

3. And i do not thing about anything else at that moment, other then my breath. But what can be more important than that? You are breathing – meaning you are alive.

The great part about this technique is that you can do it at any given time and it will require just a few minutes. After that you breath will become very even and you will notice that even after breathing without much attention to it, you will breath deeply and slowly.

Pay attention to your breathing even without stress situation, and it will help you no to get there at all.

Recent Eats
I started my day with “Mighty Cereal” Bawl with fresh figs and then had early lunch (3 horse before my yoga practice).

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Big one-plate meal consisted of left over red rice and baked vegetables. And I added some sprouted beans and boiled chickpeas on top for extra protein and fiber. Sprinkled it with turmeric powder, hemp seeds and sea salt. Foodgasmic!

Later I snacked on this,
Chia Seed Carob Cookies

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Recipe adapted from Pure2Raw blog but slightly modified in order to reduce sugar content.

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Recipe:

3/4 c gluten-free baking flour blend
3 T carob powder (I did not opt for cocoa since I was tested with intolerance to coca beans and trying to avoid it in any for)
1/2 t gluten-free baking powder
1 t cardamom
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
3 T chia seeds
3 T pumpkin pure (Twins used 2 T of applesauce, but I had home made pumpkin pure and increased amount of it, since reduce the sugar)
2 T virgin coconut oil, liquid
Seeds scraped down from 1/4 vanilla bean (since I cannot find gluten free vanilla essence in Dubai, I am using fresh beans)
1 tsp of powdered stevia
3 T water
1 T Raw Blue Agave

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Makes: 11-12 cookies

Place all dry ingredients into big bawl. Add all liquid ingredients and mix. Lastly add coconut oil and stir well to combine. Add 1 T of water more if the dough is too crumbly (depending on the baking mix you used and sugar reduction it might require a bit more water)
Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and freeze for 15 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 170 C.
Place chilled cookies into warm oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Indulge!

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Breath and relax,

Elena