The Phenomenal Potential of An Instinctual Act.
The stress of contemporary life has most of us in the habit of rapid, shallow breathing from the chest. Learning to breathe properly - slowly, deeply, from the belly where the exchange of oxygen is most efficient - is likely to be the most important thing you can do to settle the mind and prevent stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.
Practicing deep, mindful breathing has an immediate effect on your body - it lowers blood pressure, oxygenates cells, organs and tissue to promote healing, and alters the neurochemistry of the brain to calm and center you. It has been used for centuries to heal the body and calm the mind. When we're under stress we tense up and hold our breath. A deep, thoughtful breath is the quickest way to short-circuit the stress response.
These simple but powerful breathing practices have tangible benefits that make them immediately rewarding - they reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression, support the immune system and increase mental clarity, optimism and calmness. Learn More…
7 Breathing Practices to try:
Full Yogic Breath Practice - helps focus your attention on the present moment, calms and grounds the mind. (Watch New Video)
Relaxing Breath Practice - a powerful relaxation method, natural tranquilizer for the nervous system, use it whenever anything upsetting happens - before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. (Watch Video)
Abdominal Breathing Practice - delivers more oxygen to the body and is an excellent tool to stimulate a relaxation response resulting in less tension and a sense of overall well-being. (Watch Video)
Alternate Nostril Breathing Practice - helps increase energy, sharpen thinking, reduce stress, enhance relaxation, improve balance and sleep quality. (Watch New Video)
Ocean Breath Practice (Ujjayi Pranayama) - brings power and focus to your yoga practice, strengthen the nervous system and digestive system, builds energy. (Watch Video)
Lion's Breath Practice - relieves tension in the face by stretching the jaw and tongue. (Watch New Video)
Mindful Practice Breathing Techniques -
combines simple stretching, yoga, breathing exercises and
meditation as a means of connecting breath, movement and
consciousness. This connection enables a relaxation of the body and
calming of the mind.
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Related Articles, Websites & Tools
- Watch the Signature Daily Mindful Practice video tutorial
- Technique for Breathing Correctly: http://www.stop-anxiety-attack-symptoms.com/technique.html
- Breathing as a Bridge: http://www.amsa.org/healingthehealer/breathing.cfm
- Inhale, Exhale, Relax: http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1523
- Art of Living, learn a powerful breathing-based technique to release stress and bring the mind to the present moment: http://us.artofliving.org/content-art-living-course?center=usa
- Science of Breath: http://way2bliss.com/science-of-breath.pdf