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Breathwalking - Meditating while walking your dog

The idea of meditation sounds great to me. I love the idea of taking a few minutes to myself and clearing my mind. But I feel like I don’t have a few minutes. My mind is always racing and there’s always something to do. Well, it turns out that I can be doing something and meditate at the same time. I went to an event last week with Vionic footwear and took a ZenFitness30 class led by fitness expert Juliet Kaska and Dr. Jim Nicolai.

The class began with Nicolai talking about how to meditate while walking, specifically about meditating while walking a dog. This got my attention because walking our dog is one of the things that I have to do during the day. I sometimes take my phone and check email or listen to a podcast. That afternoon, I laced up my new walking shoes (thank you, Vionic), put my phone in my pocket and tried clearing my mind while walking.

Breathwalking - Meditating while walking your dog

Here’s how you do it:

  • Take 4 short, segmented breaths in through the nose
  • Take 4 short, segmented  breaths out through the mouth
  • Focus on your breath and do it in time with your steps
  • Try to clear your mind and just focus on breathing

The process worked well for me and I’ve kept at it. I’m actually doing longer walks than I usually do because I’m focused on breathing and not how I have to get back to my computer. I feel calmer when I’m done and, as an added bonus, my dog is happy with the longer walks.

I asked Dr. Nicolai to explain a little more about Breathwalking.


If you’d like to learn more about Breathwalking, read this interview with Dr. Nicolai for Vionic.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was given a pair of Vionic walking shoes. All opinions are my own. 



Yvonne Condes (760 Posts)

Yvonne Condes is the Editor and Co-Founder of She is a Los Angeles Mom of 2, former newspaper reporter, and occasional marathoner. Also find her at her personal Latina blog and @YvonneInLA and MomsLA.

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