Breathing Your Way Through Easy Painless Exercices

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Relaxing with a couple of deep breaths

 

Think about the many times you’ve heard someone say “Now just take a couple of deep breaths and relax.” Well, it really works!

Yogic breathing is like sending a fax to your nervous system with the message to relax.

Try the following exercise:

1. Sit comfortably in a chair.

2. Close your eyes and visualize a swan gliding peacefully across a crystal-clear lake.

3. Now, like the swan, let your breath flow along in a long, smooth, and peaceful movement. Ideally, inhale and exhale through your nose.

4. Extend your breath to its comfortable maximum for 20 rounds; then gradually let your breath return to normal.

5. Afterward, take a few moments to sit with your eyes closed and notice the difference in how you feel overall.

 

Practicing safe yogic breathing

Here are a few safety tips to help you enjoy your experience.

  • If you have problems with your lungs (such as a cold or asthma) or heart disease, consult your physician before embarking on breath control, even under the supervision of a Yoga therapist.
  • Don’t practice breathing exercises when the air is too cold or too hot. Avoid practicing in polluted air, including the smoke from incense. Whenever possible, practice breath control outdoors or with an open window.
  • Don’t strain your breathing — remain relaxed while doing the breathing exercises.
  • Don’t overdo the number of repetitions.
  • Don’t wear any constricting pants or belts.

 

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