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How To Breath Properly with Yoga Breathing Exercises

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How To Breath Properly with Yoga Breathing Exercises

How we breathe can greatly affect our levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Optimal breathing patterns can reduce these negative feelings and can also help warm the body, reduce chest pains and quit smoking.

Extreme forms of emotion such as stress, anxiety, panic and depression can be dangerous to ones health and the way we breathe can play a vital role in how much these emotions effect us.

People with unbalanced breathing patterns are naturally starving themselves of oxygen and this can affect their emotions. Irregular breathing can often result in nervousness or anxiety attacks. Learning to regulate breathing patterns can help boost the body’s energy and reduce depression, confusion, chronic tension, powerlessness and physical ills.Training the diaphragm with a series of exercises designed to regulate breathing can optimize the flow of oxygen and blood through the body and help reduce levels of stress, anxiety, panic and depression. These simple exercises can also help warm the body, eliminate chest pains and even reduce the craving for a cigarette.

Breathing Tips For Relieving Stress, Anxiety, Panic And Depression

  1. Sit out near the edge of a fairly hard surfaced chair, stool or arm of a couch with your feet flat on the floor, you may stand if prefer (both of these positions need an erect but not stiff posture. Lift your chin up slightly above the horizon and if you stand, bend your knees slightly so as to unlock them).
  2. Completely relax your jaw letting your tongue lightly touch the roof of your mouth.
  3. Relax your belly, let it hang down. Do not try to hide your belly if you have one.
  4. Place your thumbs over your kidneys (below your back ribs and above your pelvis) and wrap your fingers around your sides, towards your belly button.
  5. Squeeze gently and use your nose to draw long slow deep breaths. Try inhaling for 3 counts (1 one thousand, 2 one thousand etc) and exhaling for 10 counts. Repeat 4-5 times. Try bringing your shoulders back a little as you inhale, if this is easier then continue to do it this way.

This is a form of meditation and you should take time to reflect upon what your mind is feeling. If you start to feel dizzy or uncomfortable in anyway, you should stop the exercise, continue your day and recommence the exercise with a slower cycle of breathing.

Breathing Tips To Warm The Body

  1. This time we are going to do the same exercise in a different position. This will increase blood flow and help warm the body.
  2. Lay down with your back flat, elevate your legs so there are bent at the knees resting your heels and calf muscles on a chair for support.
  3. Wrap your body in blankets and begin the exercise as described previously.

Again, if you start to feel dizzy or uncomfortable in anyway, you should stop the exercise, continue your day and recommence the exercise with a slower cycle of breathing.

Breathing Tips To Help Stop Smoking

  1. Sit out near the edge of a chair, knees wide apart with your arms hanging between knees and your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Slowly bend forward sliding your hands along the inside of your legs for low back support as you bend forward.
  3. Hang your arms and upper body down between your legs a let your body relax and go limp.
  4. Inhale deeply into your low back approx 20 times.
  5. Come back to the sitting up position making sure not to cause pain in your back.
  6. Do this several times daily and when you crave a cigarette.

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