Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Breathing is the one function our bodies can most definitely not do without and often we aren't aware of how we are breathing. But by consciously moving our awareness to our breathe, we can not only become a little more centred and focused but these exercises can also help us relax and de-stress.

Natural Breathing

This technique is useful for when we begin to feel a little overwhelmed or are in a stressful situation.

  • Gently and slowly inhale a normal amount of air through your nose, filling only your lower lungs. (your stomach should expand while your upper chest remains still)

  • Exhale gently and slowly

Continue this breathing pattern, concentrating on filling only the lower lungs, and take as long as you need.

The Calming Breath

I recommend completing this routine throughout the day. The full routine below counts as 1.

  • ·Take a long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs

  • Hold your breath to the count of 3

  • Exhale slowly through your mouth, relaxing your face, jaw, shoulders and stomach muscles

It’s beneficial to create a routine where you make time each morning and evening to use the Calming Breath. Try the calming breath 3 times in the morning shortly after you wake up, 3 times in the middle of the day and 3 times before sleeping.

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