Breathing is something that you do without even thinking, but it’s not compulsory to give your breath much thought. When you are aware of your breathing, great things can happen. Mindful breathing can transform the way you go throughout your day. It can change how you think and process emotions, how your muscles work, how often you get ill, your chances of developing chronic diseases, and even how smooth and shiny your hair looks! Here are some of our favorite breathing exercises.
Square breathing is a technique for controlling your breathing, which helps with stress and anxiety. To do it, breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle anywhere from five minutes to twenty minutes. With time you can extend the cycle to six or eight seconds once you’ve mastered the technique. It’s best to do Square Breathing in a quiet place where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
4-7-8 Breathing is an exercise developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. Inhale to the count of 4, hold your breath to the count of 7 and exhale slowly to the count of 8. Repeat this process for 5-20 minutes daily or several times a day, depending on your needs. This exercise helps you sleep better, lower blood pressure and rapid breathing, and improves digestion.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a breathing technique that focuses on taking slow, deep breaths. It is the opposite of shallow breathing. This is why diaphragmatic breathing is also referred to as abdominal breathing or belly breathing.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate-nostril breathing is a method of calming the mind and body. It involves breathing in through the left nostril, then slowly exhaling through the right nostril, and then switching so that you continue to breathe in and out through alternate nostrils for several minutes.
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to breathing. If you can, we recommend partaking in meditation practice because it’s the perfect time to work on your breathing. Even if you don’t meditate regularly, taking a few moments out of your day to do some deep breathing will be beneficial. Having an awareness of breath builds better breathing habits.