What I love best about breathing exercises is that they work fast, cost nothing and can be performed by most people just about anywhere.
For all of those reasons, breathing exercises are extremely convenient and a wonderful way to reduce tension and relieve pain.
There are many different types of breathing exercises you can do and many methods to follow.
However it doesn’t have to be complicated and I have always found it useful to practice the basic deep breath that is good for increased energy and tension release.
Follow these steps for breathing below:
1. Get comfortable. It does not matter whether you sit, stand or lie down, just so long as your spine is straight and you are at ease.
2. Touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth.
The reason for this step is because it connects your ying and your yang. The ying runs up the middle of the front of your body while your yang runs up the middle of the back of your body, over your head and stops just above the upper lip.
3. Keep tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth as you breathe slowly in through your nose.
4 You can hold this breath for a while if you are comfortable or you can very slowly breathe out through your mouth.
5. Remove your tongue from the roof of your mouth as you breathe out.
- When you breathe, breathe right into your belly. You should be able to feel your abdomen expand and contract as you breathe. This will allow the air to get into all of your lungs and encourages your energy to flow through all parts of your body.
- For additional tension release, make your throat slightly tighter so when you breathe out it comes out kind of like a whisper… do this very slowly. Let your exhale be longer than your inhale.
- Repeat this breathing technique over the period of several minutes to easily slip into meditation.
- If you suffer from aches and pains, breathe in and imagine the breath traveling to the painful area. On the exhale, imagine carrying that pain out through your breath.
- You can do this technique at any time during the day from any place in order to clam down, release tension, help a headache, or even help to fall asleep.
I find this technique to be so helpful for falling asleep that I rarely make it to the tenth breathe before I am out like a light. I also find that I tend to sleep more peacefully if I do these exercises before falling asleep.
Unfortunately tension and stress are a part of life. Having simple coping techniques handy to try can make a real difference in your day.
For an even deeper experience you can combine the breathing technique with a binaural beats recording. However it is not necessary in order to get results.