A regular daily practice of deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving your health and well-being.
Your breath is free to use and always available, and by training your body to breathe deeply through regular practice, you will begin to breathe more effectively even without concentrating on it.
Performing one of these breath techniques twice daily for only three to five minutes can produce long-term benefits. You can also use them any time you are feeling stressed or notice that your breathing has become constricted.
The breath comes in, the breath goes out. So simple and so powerful all at the same time.
Complete Belly Breath
Alternate Nostril Breathing
When you are feeling anxious or ungrounded, practice Alternate Nostril Breathing. Known as Nadi Shodhana in the yogic tradition, it will immediately help you feel calmer.
This is a favorite of mine. When you feel angry, irritated, or frustrated, try a cooling pranayama such as Ocean’s Breath, also affectionately called Darth Vader Breath, or Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) in yogic settings. This breath serves to immediately soothe and settle your mind.
When you are feeling sad or sluggish, use the Energizing Breath (Bhastrik) to give you an immediate surge of energy and invigorate your mind.
Keep breathing, my darling. Everything is going to be okay.
I love you and I'll see you real soon!