Lead Guide: Linda
Opening song: Joy by Riopy
Featured poems/excerpts/breathing exercises:
Today’s practice was box breathing, also known as square breathing. It is a simple stress management practice that follows a particular rhythm. In this practice, we consciously lengthen the in-breath, the out-breath, and the pauses in between, so that each portion has the same number of counts. This sends a signal to the brain that impacts the parasympathetic branch of our nervous system, including the vagus nerve, calming the nervous system and slowing the heart rate. It can be practiced anytime, making it very accessible for calming the nervous system in heightened times of stress reaction. It enables you to recover from distress and not get hijacked by strong emotions
Studies on other diaphragmatic breathing techniques show a reduction in stress and blood pressure and likely support the box breathing practice. Because of its efficacy, box breathing has been adopted by the Navy SEALS, who also refer to it as tactical breath
Linda Snyder is the Administrative Assistant for the MBAwareness Educational Program. Linda keeps everyone on track with her magical organizational skills; her engaging personality is often the one clients see when they call or receive an email. Linda supports the MBA team in all aspects of daily business operations.
Linda and her husband travel around the country for their work in auto racing. Living proof that auto racing and mindfulness go hand-in-hand, Linda is also a 200hr yoga instructor, has an active mindfulness practice, is a health coach, and is a laughter yoga leader who believes we all must incorporate more laughter and play into our daily lives. In her free time, Linda likes to hike, dance, paddleboard, sing off-key, and spend time with family.