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JUST BREATHE ~ PART 3

This is the final installment of the breathing techniques that I have been sharing on my social media channels Instagram and Facebook

I have really enjoyed researching and creating these really helpful techniques that can be adopted to all lifestyle and most age groups. My two boys have been doing these exercises with me each morning and they are only 4 and 8 years old. Reminding yourself to breathe may sound simple, but I even learned that we don’t always get that right.

By taking just a few minutes a day, I have felt calmer and grounded when it felt like the world was getting on top of me. This practice also taught me that I need to take myself away sometimes and just breathe.

1: KAPALABHATI (skull shining breathing)

  • Begin with a long, slow inhale
  • Follow it with a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly.
  • Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale, (All through the nose) every one to two seconds, for a total of ten breaths.

2: BREATH COUNTING

  • To begin the exercise, count “ONE” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale, count “TWO,” and so on up to “FIVE”.
  • The begin a new cycle, counting “ONE” on the next exhalation.
  • Never count higher than “FIVE” and count only when you exhale. Try to do 10 minutes of this form of breathing.

3: PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION BREATHING

  • To nix tension from head to toe close your eyes.
  • Focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each.
  • Start with your feet and toes, the move up to your knees, thighs, glutes, arms, hands, neck, jaw and eyes, all while maintaining deep, slow breaths.
  • You can do this as often as you like.

4: BREATH MOVING

  • As you breathe in imagine you are moving your breath to the top of your head.
  • As you breath out, imagine you are moving your breath to the base of your spine, your perineum, your tailbone.
  • Each time you breathe in,move the breath to the top of your head.
  • Each time you breathe out, move the breath to the base of your spine.
  • Breathe in this circuit for ten cycles.

5: PURSED LIPS BREATHING

  • Breathe in through your nose (as if you are smelling something), for about two seconds.
  • Pucker your lips like you are getting ready to blow out some birthday cake candles.
  • Breathe out slowly through pursed lips two to three times as long as you breathed in.
  • Repeat.

6: ABDOMINAL BREATHING

  • Place your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest.
  • Practice filling your lower lungs by breathing so that your left hand goes up when you in inhale and your right hand remains still. Always inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  • When you have filled and emptied your lower lungs eight to ten times, add the second step t your breathing: Inhale first into your lower lungs as before, and then continue inhaling into your upper chest.
  • As you exhale slowly through your mouth, make a whooshing sound as your left hand falls first, and then your right hand. As you exhale feel the tension leaving your body as you become more and more relaxed.
  • Practice breathing in and out in this manner for three to five minutes. Notice that the movement of your abdomen and chest is like rolling waves and falling in a rhythmic motion.
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Just Breathe ~ Part 2

This is part 2 of the breathing techniques I have been sharing over on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

With everyone either staying at home right now or for those of you that are working the front line keeping all of us safe, fed and warm these simple breathing techniques are perfect to help to keep your grounded, calm and perfect for optimizing lung health.

If you missed the first installment here you go: JUST BREATHE ~ Part 1

1: BREATH COUNTING

  • To begin the exercise, count “ONE” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale count “TWO”, and so on up to “FIVE”.
  • The begin a new cycle, counting “ONE” on the next exhalation.
  • Never count higher than 5 and only count when you exhale.
  • Try to do TEN minutes of this form of breathing.

2: DEEP MUSCLE BREATHING

  • To relax your face, knot your eyebrows together and release.
  • To Relax your neck, tilt your head down towards your neck, an push your chin to your chest, then release.
  • To relax your shoulders, make a shrugging motion, then release.
  • To relax your arms, push both arms away from the torso, stretch them out, and then relax them by your side.
  • To relax your legs, point your toes as far away as they will stretch, and then relax.

3: BELLOWS BREATH

  • Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
  • Try for three in and out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellow. Breathe normally after each cycle.
  • Do not do this exercise for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice Bellows Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.

4: C02 REBREATHING

  • Cup your hands over your mouth and breathe slowly. You can also try using a small paper bag – the idea is to prevent the expulsion of carbon dioxide and get it back into your lungs so that you regain the balance of C02 in your system.
  • Keep breathing as you would normally to reagin the carbon dioxide levels.

5: GUIDED VISUALISATION

  • Head to your HAPPY PLACE, no questions asked.
  • Breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant, positive images to replace any negative thought.

6: NADI SHODHANA (Alternate nostril Breathing)

  • Start in a comfortable meditiation pose
  • Hold your thumb over your right nostril.
  • Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
  • At the peak of inhalation, close off your left nostril with your ring finger.
  • Exhale through your right nostril.
  • Continue pattern, inhaling through your right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb, and exhaling through your left nostril.
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