Best Breathing Exercises
What are the Benefits of Breathing Exercises?
Breath is with us from the moment of birth, a fact of life that we allow to go on as we take it for granted. Yet at any moment of compromise, such as being out-of-breath, we immediately suffer. This suffering may result from a malfunction in the body because of low oxygen (hypoxia) or an upsurge of fear as we feel the connection to life is threatened.
Breath is that important, that powerful. It influences every metabolic function, meaning your level of energy and subsequently how you feel.
Breathing exercises and anxiety
- Do breathing exercises work for anxiety?
- Which breathing exercise is best for anxiety?
- How do I calm myself down from anxiety?
6 Breathing exercises for anxiety
- Lay down and relax – first on your back and notice relaxation across the body. Take 10 breaths here
- Lay on your belly with a medium level breath. Take 10 breaths here
- Sit up on a cushion or chair – Inhale for 3 seconds then exhale for 6 seconds – for 10 breaths.
- If you are comfortable with exercise 3 try this: Inhale for 3 seconds hold your breath for 3 seconds and exhale for 6 seconds, then hold your breath for 3 seconds before the next inhale – for 10 breaths.
- Bee Breath – “Ngggmmmm” dropping the measured pauses follow a double length exhale with the humming sound (as above) from your naso-pharyngeal to soft palate space, inhale remains as normal through the nose
- Lay down and relax – either on your belly or back and be with the remaining breath
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Deep Breathing Exercises
- Is deep breathing good for you?
- How come I can’t take a deep breath?
- What are the benefits of taking deep breaths?
- What is belly breathing?
Breathing through your nose
- Is it better to breath through your nose or mouth?
- How do I improve breathing through my nose?
- How do I stop breathing through my mouth?
- Why does it burn when I breath through my nose?
- How do I clear my airways?