I’m sure you have heard the word manifestation tossed around, this year more than ever. You might even think it’s a “woo woo fad” or something complicated. But it’s something we are always doing, without even realizing it sometimes. Manifesting simply means to create something in the real world.
I had a big desire to teach at a yoga studio in my neighborhood. The goal really was to be able to walk to work and enjoy a nice walk back home after teaching. The only problem? There were not any studios within walking distance of my house. Nonetheless, a girl can still dream, right? I began envisioning this daily. I thought about what it would feel like to walk to work. I actually walked through my neighborhood pretending I was walking to my “yoga studio”.
A few months later, a new studio appeared in my neighborhood. Shocked, I checked out their schedule online and booked my first class. I began my walk to the studio that day, thinking to myself “I am their newest teacher and I will continue to make this same walk weekly”. That same day, the owner offered me a teaching position. That’s manifestation. You can manifest small or big things, cheap or expensive.
A vision board is a tool for manifestation.
Having a vision board full of your goals helps you visualize these dreams more easily. When you see what you want every single day, you start to create paths to these desires. Your dreams don’t get pushed back behind your daily mental to do lists. They are right in front of you reminding you that this can be yours if you stay focused on your goals.
3 steps to manifesting your dreams with a vision board
Box breathing is a simple, yet powerful breathing exercise that can help you slow down your breathing and de-stress in a short amount of time. It works by focusing your attention away from your stressor and back to your breath.
Have you ever noticed when you’re faced with struggle, your breath gets shorter and maybe quicker? Your breathing migrates from your stomach - where a relaxed breath originates - to the upper chest, where the shallow breath of stress keeps us feeling on edge. It’s easy to ignore the signs our bodies are trying to tell us. Box breathing can help return your breathing to a relaxed rhythm. It’s quick and easy to learn!
Getting started: First, find a comfortable seat, stand, or lie down on your back. Take a moment to just breathe naturally here, in and out through your nose. The full exercise will be done nasally.
Step 1: Breathe in for a count of four seconds.
Step 2: Hold your breath for four seconds (full lungs).
Step 3: Exhale your breath for four seconds.
Step 4: Hold your breath for four seconds (empty lungs).
Repeat this as many times as you’d like. As you continue your box breathing, imagine your breath going up, across, down, and across the sides of a box. One minute of deep breathing can help you relax and feel more centered. This is a great exercise to do in both moments of stress or as a daily practice.