The Top 3 Deep Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
When was the last time you stopped what you were doing and reconnected with your body?
Take a moment and check in with yourself. Acknowledge everything from how you are sitting, feeling, acting, and thinking. Take note if you thirsty, hungry, achey, tired, sad, bored, or slumped over. In this fast paced World we neglect our bodies and just to go through the motions. This in turn promotes unhealthy habits, and a lack of mindfulness to the present moment. The solution may be to take a quick break, unplug from your technology, and practice mindful breathing. Sit up tall, relax your shoulders, and simply connect with your breath. The connection to your mind and body is a beautiful reset, which will create new space for healing and clarity.
Below Are My Top 3 Favorite Breathing Exercises For Relaxation.
These deep breathing techniques will vitalize your body and relax your mind. Listen to your body. You are your own teacher in this process. Honor yourself and enjoy Mindful Breathing.
Sama Vritti or “Equal Breathing”
Seal your lips and through your nose inhale through for a count of four, then exhale through your nose for a count of four. Tried four counts? How do you feel? You can try a six count per breathe in and out, and even build up to an eight count breathe if you desire.
Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”
Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the top of the inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue this pattern of inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril.
Abdominal Breathing Technique
Place one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensure the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal is six to ten deep, slow breaths per minute for ten minutes each day.
As you may have guessed, I love to guide you towards developing mindfulness. Loa Tzu stated, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and it is safe to say that we are taking baby steps. Slow down, trust the process, and allow yourself to fully accept and honor everything the Universe presents you with. Begin your practice of deep breathing daily for at least five minutes per day. I encourage you to craft it into your schedule like it is an obligation. After all – health is the greatest wealth.
If you would like to start or revitalize your meditation practice I highly recommend that you read my “Meditation For Vitality” blog post. Enjoy the bliss friends!
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