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05/07/2014 08:34 am ET | Updated Sep 01, 2015

Ritu Riyat's Tools For Taking A Pause

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

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In her GPS Guide below, yoga and mindfulness expert Ritu Riyat shares how she prioritizes calming moments throughout the day. Check out her breathing technique below, along with the images and words that keep her inspired. Share your personal tips for finding zen through your own GPS Guide by emailing GPS@huffingtonpost.com.

Press pause. Then, take time to notice the pause -- that brief moment between the inhale and exhale. That pause is the key to mindfulness. Close your eyes and turn all of your senses inward. Take a deep breath in through the nose and notice your pause -- one weightless moment before you naturally exhale. Repeat five times. Then, open your eyes, smile and play on with your day.

Ritu Riyat's GPS Guide For Taking Pauses

Ritu Riyat, MPH, CHES is an applied yoga and mindfulness expert. She teaches her clients how to take a deep breath so they can stress less, smile more and live productive and optimal lives. She is an avid cyclist, crossfitter, yogini, meditator and writer. Read more at www.eatmovemeditate.com, www.rituriyat.com and follow her on Twitter @rituriyat.

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