“To control the breathing is to control the mind. With different patterns of breathing, you can fall in love, you can hate someone, you can feel the whole spectrum of feelings just by changing your breathing.” – Marina Abramovic
Our breath has been referred to by many as the “remote control of the brain.” While there are many ways to use your breath to change how you feel, the simplest method is to practice belly breathing. Any time you need to create more calm in yourself and your classroom, just take a moment to draw in three deep breaths to the bottom of your belly and then exhale fully.
Notice how deeper, fuller breaths can impact your mood and the climate of your classroom. Our lesson “The Power of Deep Breathing” provides detailed instructions on how to use breath to shift emotional and physical states.