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Breathing Exercises

Posted on 21 April, 2021 at 0:25

Breathing is powerful! It’s not only the way we keep our bodies functioning, but we can use it as a major influencing factor on our state of mind. Most of us don't breathe deeply enough, but the simple act of breathing correctly can help us reduce stress and tension.

 

 

 

Many holistic practitioners believe that breathing is the link between the physical body and the ethereal mind, and scientific studies have shown that correct breathing can help manage stress and stress-related conditions by soothing the nervous system. In fact, proper breathing is said to be the easiest, most effective technique for relieving stress. The way we breathe affects the tension in our muscles and influences our thoughts and feelings, and that’s why many health professionals advise people to do breathing exercises regularly.

 

 

 

If you have never tried breathing exercises before, try them now. First go to a quiet location that is free of distractions, where you can sit or lay in a comfortable body position. Eventually, when breathing techniques are mastered, this can be done anywhere.

 

 

 

Start by breathing slowly, but deeply. Take air in through your nose, pushing down on the diaphragm muscle and then blow the air out through your mouth. Deep breathing means drawing air down into your abdomen. Don’t just take the air into your throat and breathe out. That’s what we usually do. Begin by slowly breathing in through your nose to a count of 5, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to a count of approximately 8-10. The point is to remove as much air as it is about gaining oxygen. The longer exhale the better. Do this for 3-5 breaths. If you have started to yawn, don't worry, this is normal at first. Continue to breathe at your own normal pace with focus on the movement of the diaphragm for approximately 2 minutes. This is a long time so be aware of potential distractions. When distracted, bring yourself back to the diaphragm movement. Notice how relaxed you can make yourself feel.

 

This is a great practice for bed time or before rising but can be used anytime. I find it very useful when I feel tired, or am reacting to someone. Work out when is a good time regularly for you.

 

Let us know how it goes by commenting in the facebook group . . . .

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