Seven steps to the calming breath.
The yogis say, “The mind follows the breath.” I say, “If you’re freaking out, breathe!”
The Calming Breath is a yoga breathing technique that reduces anxiety and boosts the immune system. Here's how it works:
1. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily through your left nostril only. Use your right index finger to press on the outside of your nose to close off the right nostril. If you want, do this with eyes closed. Do this for one to 10 minutes.
2. Repeat as needed or do it twice a day for prevention. Yes, it’s that simple. Just breathe! Sit in a chair, lie on your back, do it while walking or driving, doesn’t matter, as long as you can take a full, deep breath.
3. The inhale - first allow air into the bottom of the lungs, letting the stomach muscles relax and expanding the belly, then expand the ribs upward and outward eventually filling the whole chest. Hold it in for a few moments (to comfort.)
4. The exhale- reverse the above process. Let the chest deflate, emptying the lungs and finish the exhale by pulling the belly in to squeeze the last of the breath out of the lower lungs. Hold it out for a few moments (to comfort.)
5. Breathe with intention and strength. Listen to the sound of your breath. Tune in to it like it’s a soothing, rhythmic mantra. Visualize the breath flowing into and out of every part of your body. Focus on any areas that need extra attention.
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