How Deep Is Your Breath?

Written By Alaina Cyr

If you’re like me, it’s probably closer to a pothole on the Gardiner Expressway than the Marianas Trench.

I was recently working on a Yogic Breathing Exercises video, filmed right here at ELLICSR, when I started thinking about my own breath. I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling anxious or nervous, my breathing can become so shallow that it barely feels like I’m breathing at all. Luckily it takes just a few deep abdomen breaths, the kind that take a good 5 seconds to fill my lungs, and it feels like I’m breathing normally again. It also seems to calm my nerves and makes it easier to focus.

Lee Majewski, a cancer patient, yoga instructor, and volunteer, led the development of the video. Driven by her own experience, she wanted to share this simple exercise to help “pick yourself up”.

While I was undergoing the treatment for very aggressive cancer in 2007 and 2008, I used yoga science and techniques to help me through the difficult times. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can be very taxing on the body and the mind. A lot of us are exhausted mentally and physically at the end of treatments. I feel that it was thanks to yoga that my blood work was always in good shape and my chemo sessions were never delayed.

I thought that creating this video will help to improve cancer patient’s well-being in simple way. Yogic breathing techniques are an effective way of improving your health and feeling of well-being, and there are very few videos available right now.

Thank you Lee for creating this video to help others to Learn Yogic Breathing.


In the clip below, Lee starts with an exercise on breath awareness. You can also watch the whole video or jump straight into the Basic Breath Series exercise on YouTube.