Relaxed Breathing to Chill Out!

Learning to Just Breathe Deeper!
Please stop doing this breath if it makes you dizzy. If you have untreated blood pressure problems this breathing may cause you to become dizzy at first. Stop and consult your Doctor or health care provider if this happens.
This breath calms the body down, which in turn calms the mind. If you do not want the audio version then read this and click on the image for a nice visual.
  • Bring your awareness to your breath
  • Breathe through the nose
  • If you are sitting or standing, soften tension in the lower body by relaxing any holding that you are doing
  • Bring your posture into correct alignment, keeping shoulders over hips (drawing shoulders slightly back and down)
  • Concentrate on the breath as you begin
  • Inhale and allow the trunk of the body to expand and ‘inflate’ – inflate the whole body
  • Start by filling up the upper chest, then lower chest, then abdomen and right into the lower part of the trunk.
  • Root down and soften the body as you inhale and exhale
  • Exhale while softening down and releasing and letting go of tension – UNDO and ‘deflate’ the whole body.  When you exhale, draw the navel towards the spine to further expel the breath and remove toxins from the body.  This is subtle instead of forced.
  • Continue this breath technique for at least 5-10 rounds or until you feel calmer. Try to increase the length of the inhale and the length of the exhale over time.  Start with a count of 3 inhale, pause, 3 exhale, then move to 4, 5 and so on.
  • Specifically work on extending the exhale to be longer than the inhale if possible
  • Relax, undo, release
  • Inhale calm, exhale soften

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