For the brain, integration means that separated areas with their unique functions, in the skull and throughout the body, become linked to each other through synaptic connections. These integrated linkages enable more intricate functions to emerge—such as insight, empathy, intuition, and morality. A result of integration is kindness, resilience, and health.You can use this simple breath awareness exercise from the classic text, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," in a therapy session to help the client direct their attention to internal states and balance their autonomic nervous system.
Start by focusing on the place in your body where you can hear your breath.
(Pause for one minute)
Now, notice any movement of your body as you breathe.
Next, feel the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils, so your entire awareness becomes focused on the nostrils.
How do you feel? Do you notice a difference between how you felt before the breath awareness exercises and how you feel now?
Remember clients are not instructed to change their breathing pattern at all, although it may change spontaneously as the practice continues.