September 12, 2011 1 Comment
The following Breath Exercise is based on simple Pranayama, an Indian Breathing exercise and meditation.
Its a great way to release stress, anxiety or irritability.
Find a quiet peaceful place to sit, for five minutes to 10… Its best to sit with a confident , but relaxed square posture.
Remember that proper breathing is done with the diaphragm. Try the following:
- Let out all your breath…slowly,
- hold your breathe and relax (for a couple seconds)
- Take in a deep breath…. slowly,
- Hold your breath and relax (for a couples seconds)
- Repeat this for about five to ten minutes.
Be mindful of breathing,
If thoughts intrude, imagine them floating away… and return to being mindful of breathing.
As with most breathing exercises, one can modify this, standing or laying down. its a good idea to learn it sitting first.
From Youtube “Simple Pranayama Breathing Pattern”:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Pranayama, is practice of controlled breath from Indian Yoga. With a commitment to regular practice, Pranayama is a basis of Yoga meditation, that can be used to improver fitness, health and wellness , or self realization and spirituality.
The simple and basic version above, can be used as a breathing exercise for stress and anxiety management. I feel sharper and a little more energized afterwards. This breathing exercise can be used along with other physical fitness exercise.
You might also be interested in the page:
“Pennsylvania Echoes: Breathing”
where some basic breathing exercises are listed.