Boxing, Breathing and Mindfulness



In Boxing I am learning how to breath_half

Many people wonder why I box–what is the attraction?

First of all (little secret) it is a terrific workout. In 40 minutes–I am dripping with perspiration and my inner core feels tight. When your sparring is complete, you feel just about every muscle in your body because boxing requires “mindfulness.”

Perfecting the art of boxing necessitates thoughtful timing, coordinated movement and the most important (to me) is breathing. I forget—to breathe.
I work hard, I volunteer with all of my heart, I commit to relationships and I devote to the “callings” of Creator but I forget sometimes to simply breathe. I do not know why I hold my breath but–I do. I hold my breathe during stressful times, I hold my breathe during challenges, I even hold my breathe during the rigor of physical pain. Mindfulness involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. This can mean awareness of your surroundings, emotions and breathing—or, more beneficially enjoying fully the moment. Boxing has become my Zen.

The most beautiful thing about learning to box is that my son Samuel is teaching me. He is such a patient teacher. He reminds me during our workout “Mom breathe.” “Take a deep breath in and as you throw the punch– breathe out.”
It is important for your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being to breathe. There are many benefits of deep breathing include a reduction in blood pressure and stress, strengthening of abdominal and intestinal muscles and relief of general body aches and pains. Deep breathing also promotes better blood flow, releases toxins from the body and aids in healthy sleep. Samuel taught me that breathing enables me to pull through the 40 minute workout better—more efficiently and truth be told more enjoyably.

My son taught me that every breath I take invigorates the cooperative cellular engagement of my muscles, ligaments and ultimately my strength. Breathing helps me become aware and to focus. My son is teaching me to box so that I can defend myself. I was a victim of a horrendous crime not that long ago –which I am not ready to share until I can fully breathe. I love my workouts with my son. I have learned to breathe again. Breathing helps me to clear my mind; breathing helps me to restore my soul. Breathing helps me to exhale, let go and embrace my full strength.

Elizabeth Asahi Rising Sun Sato


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