Breathing Exercises

Lotus Pose

Three-Part Breathing Exercise

Research has shown that this breathing exercise calms the autonomic nervous system and clarifies thinking bringing you to the present moment. It is a wonderful mindfulness practice that brings calm and is known as Dirga Pranayama from Yoga.

 
The exercise:

  • Breath in through your nose to a slow count of 4, filling your stomach and allowing the breath to move up into the top of your lungs,
  • hold that breath for a slow count of 6,
  • exhale for a slow count of 8,
  • repeat more than 4 times until more clear and calm.

The beauty of this exercise is that you can do it any time, any where, with no one being the wiser. If you’re sitting in a meeting, commuting to work, about to have a challenging conversation, practice this breath and it will bring you to a calmer place.

More Breathing Exercises to come…