Breathing is an automatic process of moving air in and out of our lungs. However, sometimes we forget to breathe in a way that does not fully support our body and our mind. We have a tendency to breathe too shallow and not deeply from our diaphragm. This deprives the body and brain of much-needed oxygen.
Practicing mindful breathing or deep breathing techniques can address a variety of issues such as reducing stress, panic attacks, anxiety, and even heartburn.
Deep breathing, aka breathwork, is a form of the conscious alteration of breathing, connecting the breath with inhalation and exhalation exercises. Breathwork discharges negative energies and recharges with positive energy through this exchange of inhalation and exhalation. It has been used for many, many years as a healing modality to create optimal healing and has been used in traditional spiritual practices such as Tai Chi or Qigong where one uses movement to make conscious use of breath. Breathwork is a tool for transformation and healing the body on all levels – emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Conscious breathing is one of the most effective techniques for releasing stress, tension, and healing the body from within.
Easy Breathing Technique for Everyday Living
You don’t have to be enrolled in Tai Chi, Qigong or Yoga classes – even though they provide beneficial breathing benefits. This very simple breathing technique literally takes only 5 minutes of your time and requires no tools. You can access it anytime of day or night – especially in times of great emotional urgency.
- Sit comfortably anywhere.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
- Inhale deeply counting to three.
- Exhale counting to five letting it swoosh all the way out.
- Repeat this for 3-5 minutes.
- Open your eyes slowly.
- Continue to focus on your breath as it returns to normal.
- Get up slowly. Stand up and take 1 more deep breath and exhale slowly.
Deep and mindful breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system regulating blood pressure, heart rate, circulation and digestion ♥