Breathing is a very important component of relaxation, and there are many different ways that we can breathe in order to relieve stress levels. These breathing exercises can be done in any location, making them very convenient if you are looking for a quick way to relax your mind and body. They can also be paired with yoga to create the most relaxed outcome possible.
- Sit comfortably with your legs in a comfortable cross-legged position and close your eyes.
- Inhale from the bottom of your belly, then into your chest and imagine filling up your body with breath all the way up to your throat.
- Exhale from your throat, chest and belly.
- Repeat five times.
A Heart-Calming Breath
- As long as you don’t have any knee problems, sit in kneeling position with your heels underneath your hips. If you have any knee problems, sit comfortably with your legs crossed.
- Place one hand above your heart and another on your belly (it doesn’t matter which; choose whatever comes naturally).
- Close your eyes and inhale and exhale to the mantra, or repeated saying, of “let” on the inhale and “go” on the exhale.
- Repeat at least five times before placing your hands on your thighs and opening your eyes.
Combining Breath With Full-Body Movement
- Begin in a child’s pose with your knees on the ground and your hips on your heels resting on the backs of your feet and your hands outstretched in front of you.
- Tuck your toes and lift your hips up and back into downward facing dog
- Inhale into a plank pose (kumbhakasana), or the top of a push-up, with your shoulders over your wrists and a straight line between your shoulders and your heels.
- Exhale as you lift up and back into downward dog.
- Repeat five to 10 times inhaling into plank and exhaling into downward facing dog.
- Rest in child’s pose.