“Stress management” has become so cliché that it almost feels banal talking about it. Yet, here we all are discussing the power of breathing right. After all, there are several studies to show how breathing exercises & techniques have been effective for anxiety, sleep, energy & weight loss.
Breathing is the essence of yoga. So, the next time you switch on the Yoga mode on your fitness band, consider practising these
Ever noticed that when you are anxious you tend to take rapid, shallow breaths? A relaxed state of the mind can be achieved with deep, even breaths. In yoga, this breathing technique is referred to as Pranayama.
Conversely, shallow breathing is known to upset the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body. This, in turn, leads to a host of conditions including but not limited to an increase in heart rate, muscle tension and the like. These can be reversed by deep breathing!
Ever experienced heart-pounding moments leading to a major exam or making an important presentation? Abdominal breathing exercises help soothe nerves and also draw focus.
This technique can work well just about anywhere. You could be in the office or even commuting to work. This can also double as a “cool down” routine after an intense workout session.
If finding your zone and concentration is your biggest bane, then this exercise will help you clear your thoughts and bring things in perspective. In yoga, this is called Nadi Shodhan pranayama. Not only is it believed to reduces stress and anxiety, it also helps calm and rejuvenate the nervous system.
Is anxiety taking a toll on your sleep? Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique to help you battle insomnia.
This, in fact, is a great meditative technique that simply asks you to focus on the source of life, your breath.
The phrase “breath of life” got a whole new meaning with these breathing exercises. Go ahead and practice them regularly. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, remember? Here’s to a calmer, happier you!
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