Breathing Techniques - Breathing is your best friend.
Breath is the basic foundation of life and the master key to health and wellness. Breathing can link body and mind together. Breathing difficulties are found in patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, circulation and lung disorders, intestinal and stomach problems, and even sexual problems. Learning to control and develop your breathing can improve your physical body and your mental and spiritual being. You can reduce your stress and strengthen your immune system by using breathing exercises. Practice some stress reduction breathing every day.
Stress Reduction Breathing
- Sitting is preferred for this exercise
- Exhale completely through your mouth making a swoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to the count of 4.
- Hold your breath for a count of 7 (if you can).
- Exhale completely, through your mouth, making that swoosh sound for a count of 8 (if you can).
- This cycle is considered 1 breath. Repeat the cycle 3 more times.
- The goal of this exercise is to lengthen the exhalation time to twice as long as the inhalation.
- Site in a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Then breathe regularly and focus your attention on your breathing.
- As you exhale, imagine you are releasing all negative thoughts, tension and anxiety.
- As you inhale, imagine you are breathing in a positive, soothing energy.
- Stay focused on your breathing for a few minutes.
- When you feel relaxed and quiet inside, slowly and silently count to three and open your eyes.
- Site in a comfortable position or recline if you wish.
- Place your hand on your abdomen.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
- As you inhale, push your abdomen out.
- As you exhale, pull your abdomen in.
- Try not to move your shoulders and upper chest with each breath.
- Practice for five minutes or until you feel relaxed.