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AWAKENING | Wellness for Makers: Awakening Your Breath

AWAKENING | Wellness for Makers: Awakening Your Breath

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been through a lot. It can be hard to keep showing up when your heart feels heavy and the future is uncertain. You might not have the same amount of energy or motivation to work on what you love most. Or you might have bursts of inspiration happening. Whatever you are experiencing, know that it is ok to feel multiple things at the same time. It’s important to honor where you’re at.

Have you checked in with your breath lately? Your breath is an incredible tool no matter where you are in life. We often take it for granted because it is always with us. Learning to access it and focus on it can help us reconnect to our physical body when we’re going through hard things. Awakening your breath is a simple practice that doesn’t require much time or effort.

It’s important to know that focusing on the sounds, feelings, and movements of your breath can physically calm down your nervous system in the challenging and chaotic moments of life. It only takes a few moments, but it goes a long way.

Take this moment to take check in with your breath. When we’re stressed we typically don’t access the full movement of the breath. In this case, you will notice your chest rise and fall as you breathe in and out. Try placing one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. As you breathe in try to move the breath down so you feel both your chest and your belly rise and fall at the same time. Take 3 deep breaths slowly. Notice how you feel.

Your breath has power, awaken it.

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The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. We collaborate with artists who have professional backgrounds in yoga, ergonomics, massage therapy, occupational therapy, and more, to provide a range of perspectives. We believe that by working together as a community, we can create more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of our hands and bodies.