Deep Breathing exercises have been proven to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve sleep. Mindful, deep breathing calms our bodies and minds, boosts creativity and shifts our perspectives. Consistent controlled breathing practices can improve the structure and function of our brains.
Sit comfortably, exhale completely, breathe in deep through your nose and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Count your breaths to stay present and create a calm space for your breathing practice.
Inhale through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts and then hold for four counts before repeating as many times as needed to feel calm, present and connected to your breathing.
Inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth making a whoosh sound for a count of eight. Repeat 3 to 4 times.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Sit comfortably and close your right nostril using your thumb. Inhale slowly through the left nostril for three counts. Switch your thumb to close your left nostril and exhale slowly through your right nostril. Repeat for up to 5 minutes.
Movement, dancing and music are all powerful ways to reset and recharge. Fitness trainer Kanoa Greene walks us through a quick, one-minute routine of movement that we can do anywhere, anytime.
More Breathing Tips
- Make sure to inhale through your nose with your mouth closed and exhale slowly and fully through your mouth.
- Find a place and time where you can sit or stand quietly and uninterrupted for a few minutes.
- Try to stay focused on your breathing and how your breath feels entering and leaving your body. If distractions or thoughts pop up, that’s OK, simply acknowledge them and return your focus to your breathing
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