Hikitia Te Hā is a series of simple te ao Māori breathing exercises that anyone can learn. Focusing on our breathing calms the body and mind, and is a very helpful practice for feeling more present and mindful. Hikitia Te Hā was developed by Rawiri Hindle, and we're proud to support more people to give it a go!
Practising Hikitia Te Hā on a daily basis can help make us more present in the moment, and more aware of te hā (the breath).
Start each action by breathing slowly through your nose on the in-breath (hā ki roto), with simple, open-hearted attention.
On the out-breath relax and let your jaw drop so it’s nice and relaxed, mouth slightly open, and make the sound of your breath going outward.
Practice the movements slowly, like tai chi. You may want to create your own movements as a body form for the different ātua. Be creative!