How many times have you heard it said in a stressful situation?
"Calm down, breathe!"
And how many times have you checked its effectiveness?
3 breathing techniques to regain Calm and Well-being in 3 minutes!
We are well aware that breathing has a calming effect on the mind.
Breathing has a direct influence on the parasympathetic nervous system, providing this feeling of relaxation.
Conscious breathing is the fastest way to bring us back to the present moment and into the physical body.
Here are some of the many benefits of deep, mindful breathing:
Boost endorphins that reduce depression
Evacuate toxins in the lungs
Oxygenation of the blood system
Energize and increase vitality
Balance body acidity (pH), reducing stress and inflammation
In yoga, the conscious breathing exercises are called Pranayama.
Pranayama is a method of circulating this vital energy throughout the body.
During meditation, consciously connecting the mind to the breath creates a mind/body connection that induces a quality of self-presence.
Among the many breathing exercises, or Pranayama, we present to you 3 that we can use in our daily lives that help almost instantly regain a state of well-being.
Bye Bye Stress!
👇 Try these 3 breathing exercises for an almost immediate feeling of well-being! 😍
👉 1. Equal breathing (Sama Vrtti Pranayama)
For this exercise, you will inhale at the same length as the exhale.
Start with a count of four. Inhale: 1-2-3-4, then exhale: 1-2-3-4. When you feel comfortable with this, you can add the same number of breath hold after inhaling (inhale for four, hold for four, then exhale for four).
This practice will cultivate mindfulness and create a sense of balance.
👉 2. Ocean breath (Ujjayi breath)
Inhale deeply and completely through your nose with your mouth closed, tightening your throat, letting the breath pass like a very fine net.
If you feel like you breathe like Darth Vader, great!
In the end, it will look like the waves of an ocean, which is why this technique is also called ocean breath. Ujjayi soothes the nervous system and massages deep internal organs like the esophagus and spleen.
👉 3. Lion Breath (Simhasana)
Hands on knees, inhale through nose.
Exhale sharply through your mouth, opening it as wide as you can, making an AHHHH sound while sticking your tongue out as far as you can towards your chin.
During this exhalation, you can also direct your gaze to your 3rd Eye, Ajna Chakra.
Repeat 3-5 times.
This is a fun technique that helps relieve stress and open your throat chakra.
It strengthens the muscles of the face and throat and also stimulates the eyes.
Deep breathing is a powerful technique to incorporate into our daily lives.
The more we breathe consciously, the more we are able to face the vagaries of life, with calm and distance.