If you are anywhere along Irene’s warpath, let Elena Brower’s Spa Week Daily Challenge, which officially ended yesterday, continue to carry you while rain pummels down on your roof and the winds howl past your window this weekend:

JUST BREATHE.

“Breathe consciously for 5 minutes a day” to be exact, is the grounding practice that yoga expert Elena Brower challenged you all to do every day for 2 weeks. Over 100 of you joined the Daily Breathing Challenge Facebook event to share your feedback, some of you even blogged it. Some of you reported that you found it to be a meditative escape, an instant destresser, a headache-reliever. Some of you found the ritual difficult with kids running around. Some of said you found it life-changing.

I’ll be the first to admit it: This was not an easy challenge. Life is hectic, minds like to race, and I found myself not getting my 5 minutes in until just before bed on most days. I’d try at my desk on some days, but 3 minutes later that “email” sound would awaken me from my moment. I even tried to rally the Spa Week office for a 5-minute breather during a social media meeting – strength in numbers! – but alas, the consensus was: “too much to do.” My yoga classes each Monday are my favorite ways to escape through breath; absolutely no distractions. I used final savasana to concentrate on this challenge, and it was… breathtaking. So, how did you fare? Read on for inspiration from some of your fellow breathers.

Rita R: Started your challenge and probably will do this the rest of my life. I work full time at a job I had always loved . . . Then came a co-worker with such negativity. Her spirit is evil and nothing pleasant comes out of her mouth. She is always mad and complaining about something. If the sun is out, she’s mad. If it’s raining, she’s mad. I have to do this challenge to find any form of inner peace before she gets to me. I want my work environment back and I do believe this small step is helping.

Kathy V. It’s helping me get through planning my daughter’s wedding…… Just breathe

Desiree L. For four days now for 5 mins a day I just breathe and I love it!! My body releases all the tension and I feel light and free. I forget how heavy my seven mnth twin belly is and breathe.

I’ve been doing my 5 mins of breathing and I still love it… Its actually getting me ready for labor and delivery in October. Those of u who haven’t started come on give it a try!!! Do it in the shower or before bed anytime is great!! In the beginning its a challenge but now its a routine.

Lisa Gay G. About a month ago, I started my chakra meditations again, listening to the sounds of Tibetan bowls as I do. Now when I’m done, I take an extra 5 minutes with no outside sounds at all. It’s amazing!

Eve L-G. Breathing everyday! 🙂 and after the past year, & at a near 5 months of being a caregiver to my mom who’s in the hospital which can be & is so very stressful! That I been happy to find myself actually taking upto 10 mins at a time, I can tell I need this, as I feel better afterwards 🙂 I even have the hubby doing it too! To bad we don’t have more time daily, to sneak away from all the life’s stressors one may have.

Katherine R. C. I am at an incredibly stressful point in my life, and slowing down, breathing, and clearing my head has been a great tool for me. I also have less headaches!

Misti R. B. This daily breathing has been such a good destressor for me and I find myself taking five minutes to just breathe several times a day

Laurie M. I am trying to do this. Keep getting distracted by 2 little boys who constantly fight and scream.

Juli-Ann W. Breath is so very important to me. As a singer, it’s such a good reminder.

Diamond T. Having 8 kids, this is such a stress reliever!! Did I mention the 18 mo old twins?

Myrna S. I’ve learned that breathing makes me slow down and focus on the task at hand!

Bella D. Much needed, THANK YOU…. 5min of PEACE & CALM…. tomor I will turn lights off first, try with only sunlight shining through window 😀

Barbara J. what a win-win… focus your mind, clear your airways, rest your spirit. All while doing something you need to do anyhow. NO excuse like “too busy” and “frivolous indulgence”.

once you start *breathing* it’s hard to stop… definitely a positive thing I learned and will continue. Thanks for giving me the nudge in the right direction towards more inner peace and balance

Cara W. H.This helps me get through a long day with my 2 year old!

And now… the two luck participants who will be rewarded $50 SpaWeek Gift Cards for breathing and sharing…

Rita R – who has used this exercise to combat negativity in the office, and Diamond T. who has 8 kids. Girl, you need this! Congratulations to both of you… and to EVERYONE who has taken a step in the direction towards a clearer mind and a new outlook on life.

Winners, please email stephanie at spaweekmedia dot com with your address and phone number within 3 business days to claim your prize.

Get ready for the next Spa Week Daily Challenge, being announced next week! Hint: You are what you eat.

Stay safe this weekend! No matter the chaos going on outside… think: