Why “Yes Breathing” Is So Important To Your Life:

by Carole Bourne

Are you a “yes breather” or “no breather” ?

When faced with any sort of negativity or stress your breath is the first thing to change in your body.  You might hold, tighten or restrict your breath, followed by clenching your jaw,  hunching your shoulders, knotting your stomach (that’s me) or generally just tensing lots of muscles in your body – all of which limits you, and limits your ability to cope with any situation.

These are all symptoms of “no breathing”.  It is a very restrictive way to breathe, and restrictive way to live your life.  You begin accumulating negativity and stress (by not releasing it with your breath ) and become stuck in that moment.

Yes breathing allows you to trust in the flow of your life:

“Obstacles are not opposing you, but merely gently re-routing you” Neale Donald Walsch

Your breath directly reflects how you flow through life, but more importantly how you flow through life’s obstacles.   “Yes breathing” strengthens you to move through life’s little challenges, whilst at the same time, helps you dissolve the stress that you have been exposed to along the way.

‘Yes breathing” gives you the power to trust in the flow of your life and not become trapped/stuck with what has already happened in the past. “Yes breathing” supports the health and well-being of your body, mind and soul.

“Yes breathing” is very, very simple.  It can be done anywhere, any time and only takes a minute or two of your time.  “Yes breathing” is all about giving you a potent healing tool so can feel there is something extremely beneficial you can do in times of stress and negativity.

“Yes breathing” is a way of giving yourself permission to say “yes, I’m OK”,   “yes, I trust” or “yes, I can get through this”.   You can read the 3 simple steps of “yes breathing”  a little further down the page.

8 reasons why “yes breathing” is so important for you:

1. Stretches time and gives you breathing space:

Breathing in and breathing out “yes” energy,  slows your breathing down, calms your thinking  and slows down time. You are cleverly giving your self some breathing space by creating a healthy distance between you and the situation.

Holding your breath and clenching your body only brings the stress and negativity closer to you.

2. Opens up the diaphragm and oxygenates your body:

The more oxygen you fill your body with, the healthier you are.  The more oxygen in your blood stream and cells,  the more efficient your immune system and the easier it is for your body to detox. When your diaphragm is fully expanded (by breathing into your belly) more oxygen moves through your body and your organs get a healthy and gentle massage.

3. Helps you relax so you can think clearly:

One of the main aims of  “yes breathing” is that you are saying to yourself “Yes, it’s OK to breath deeply” and “Yes, its OK, to let go on the exhale”.  By exhaling for twice as long as you normally would,  you are greatly supporting your body and mind into releasing and relaxing.

The more relaxed you are the clearer and calmer your thinking.

4. Calms your emotions:

“Yes breathing” relaxes an overstimulate nervous system which in turn calms your thinking and emotions.  It allows you to come back to your centre and respond to the situation from a more grounded, calmer, practical place.

5: Centres you.

When your energies are scattered, your thinking is scattered and you lose all sense of control.  You have given away your power.  By practicing a few rounds of “yes breathing” you are effectively calling back your scattered energies by breathing into your belly, which strengthens your centre and allows you to digest the situation from a calm grounded place.

6: Gives you a sense of feeling safe and OK

“Yes breathing” is all about giving you a potent healing tool so can feel there is something extremely beneficial you can do in times of stress and negativity.    It’s almost like breathing  a protective bubble of energy around you. It puts you back in charge and not your worrying, stressed out mind.

7: Allows you to trust in the flow of your life.

Breathing in “yes” energy allows you to trust in the flow of your life without getting too attached to the drama of it. It allows you to rise above the situation and remind yourself that there is also a bigger picture to life.  Things happen for a reason, even if you can’t see what they are at the time.

8: Conserves your energy:

Stress, worry and upset all consume huge amounts of your precious energy.  Practicing a few rounds of “Yes breathing” stops you from wasting lots of energy unnecessarily.

“You cannot make a mistake, you can only make a decision that will be your next best step” Neale Donald Walsch

How to practice “yes” breathing:

Two important keys to “yes breathing” is to inhale fully and deeply into your belly, and secondly to spend twice as long on your exhale.  A lengthy exhale sends a clear message to your body to unclench and let go, and in doing so allows you to release any stress and fear but most importantly, come back to your centre.

1: Breathe in through your nose and gently fill your belly (feel it expand), your ribs and then collar bone area with air.

2: As you inhale, breathe in the feeling of  “yes”.   “Yes, I am OK”  or “Yes, I trust”

3: Lastly, breathe out through your nose, spending twice as long on your exhale than your inhale.  As you exhale say “Yes”.   You can add onto the yes by saying “Yes, I trust” or “Yes, I trust in the flow of my life” or “Yes, I’m OK”, or anything you like that is relevant to the situation you are in.

Slow down, be kind to yourself and you will find the next step” Mudita Institute

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jay Schryer August 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I’ve been a fan of “yes breathing” for a long time, although I’ve never really called it that before. It’s almost like a little mini-meditation, you can feel the benefits even after just a minute or two of deep, concentrated breathing. Thank you for this article, I really enjoyed it!


Angel August 27, 2009 at 7:52 am

Great article! When I’m stressed, one of the first things I notice is pain in my jaw. I need to learn to yes breathe! Thank you!


Andrew February 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love this! I’m going to try it. Thanks! 🙂

I know breathing and the way you breathe is so important. I heard about belly breathing but it didn’t feel quite right – now the way you described does feel right. 🙂 Chest, then belly. I can really see that working for me. Seems like a silly difference, but I think I needed it.

Yes…… 🙂

Really great article and great idea. I’d like to get people to notice this blog a bit… I know, I’ll tweet the page :)! So thanks again. 🙂

Love & light to you



Denis February 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Yeah, important topic, well said! We gotta spread the info about breathing properly, there’s lots of people who will benefit immensely from that! 🙂


Peter G. James Sinclair November 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Yes, yes, yes, yes – Procrastination is the killer of future dreams. Initiative is the creator of today’s greatest experiences and yesterday’s greatest memories. We must seize today with all that it has to offer us and make it the greatest day we have ever lived….and in the midst of that to never forget the yes breath.


Sarah Grace May 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Wow what a great article. I just wrote on my blog about my “discovery” with deep (“yes”) breathing: http://saraherkelgrace.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/1288/
I like your pointers. I knew so little about the technicalities of breathing before I read this.
I linked to your article from my post as it was helpful for me and hopefully will be helpful to those who land on my blog. Thanks again!


Carole Fogarty May 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hi Sarah, Thank you so much. I’m really thrilled you found the article helpful and an even bigger thanks for linking back. Greatly appreciated.


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