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The Long Game - Issue #161

Since Covid-19 hit the US, I’ve been very focused on breathwork. I know what you’re saying, aren’t yo
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #161
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #161 • View online
Since Covid-19 hit the US, I’ve been very focused on breathwork. I know what you’re saying, aren’t you always focused on the breath?? Yes. However, now I am doing daily virtual classes and more people are discovering the benefits of breathwork in their daily lives. In light of this, I decided to write an article discussing the different types and spectrums of breathwork and how utilizing these techniques can change your state.
Spectrums of the Breath: Change Your Breath, Change Your Life

I.              What is Breathwork?
If I told you that we all had a tool that, if used properly, can put us in a calm focused state, improving our mental clarity, would you want to learn how to use it? With practice, our breath can help us improve in many aspects of our life, including but not limited to: (1) using our breath to handle the stressors of life in a more relaxed manner; (2) giving you a quick pick me (similar to a cup of coffee); and, (3) quickly putting you to sleep. All you need is some training on how to utilize this free tool to benefit you in these areas for the rest of your life.
Breathing is the only system in our body that is autonomic yet under our control. It is the first and last thing we do in our lives and it keeps us alive without having to think about it. Respiration is priority number 1 for our bodies. In addition to all of this, God, nature, a higher power (whatever your belief), gave us breath as a tool to change our mental and physical state. Most of us in western cultures were not taught this tool or have any idea it exists until an outside event brings it into view. Most believe that breathing happens naturally and why would we ever need to learn to breathe? However, for thousands of years, some cultures have used their breath to change their psychological and physiological state. Science has confirmed that this is possible and is a skill that can provide major benefits to humans. This is a skill that we all have inside of us, we just need a little guidance to bring it out.
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Spending a few minutes every day to take slow diaphragmatic breaths will do wonder for your stress levels and overall health. It is shown to lower blood pressure, help with insomnia, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Check out this short video and take a few diaphragmatic breaths.
The Vagus Nerve is one of the most important parts of our body that most of us don’t know much about. It plays a major role in your nervous system in stressed and in calm and focused states. What exactly is the Vagus Nerve? “The vagus is the tenth cranial nerve, originating in the brain stem and traveling through the face, neck, lungs, heart, diaphragm and abdomen, including the stomach, spleen, intestines, colon, liver, and kidneys. Vagus is Latin for “wanderer,” an appropriate name for the longest cranial nerve in the body. The vagus nerve is intricately connected to mood, immune response, digestion, and heart rate.”
Check out the article for ways to activate the Vagus Nerve. You can bet the breath is one of them!
How are you spending your time right now? Spending this time creating and making the most out of it is going to help in the long run. What have you been putting off for years? Maybe it was taking up art or even cleaning out your house. Now is the time to pick up those projects. Get the kids involved and have them help you out. You can both work on new hobbies.
This article provides great tips for getting through these times. I really like the concept of “spheres of control.” There things you have no control over, such as Covid-19; things you have some control over, such as your home environment; and, things you have complete control over, such as your mindset. Focus on what you have complete control over and take the rest in stride. Go check out the full article to learn more.
Before I go, checkout a few more links I found this week.
Please join us for a virtual breath class. You can sign up and check out the schedule here. All classes are free if you’re a healthcare worker or first responder, use code “Frontline”. If you’d like to join and can’t afford it, please send me a message.
I hope you enjoyed another edition of The Long Game, feel free to pass it along. Stay safe out there!
In Health,

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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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