A Short Meditation to Find Space Between the Breath (VIDEO)

Meagan McCrary

Yoga teaches us that the breath, mind, and nervous system are intricately linked. If the breath is shallow and rapid, the mind is erratic and the nervous system destabilized, indicating a state of stress or the fight-flight-freeze response. Take a deeper, fuller breath and you immediately feel calmer and clearer.

In other words, the mind mimics the breath: shallow, rapid breathing creates quick, rapid thoughts; slow the breath down and thoughts slow down; breathe in a one-to-one ratio inhale-to-exhale and the mind steadies.

Focusing on the space between the breath helps create a gap between our thoughts, calms the mind, and is an easy to learn meditation for becoming more present in a pinch.