3 Breathing Techniques - Uplift Your Mood

3 Breathing Techniques - Uplift Your Mood

Did you know that each day, a quarter of a million people miss work because of stress? And, 75% of all illnesses are thought to be stress related. And 90% of all doctor visits are thought to be stress related.  As the frantic pace continues to escalate in our current day world, more and more people are looking to find ways to cope.

"Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders."  -Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

1 Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) helps you breathe more deeply, reducing stress, while enhancing relaxation and sleep quality.  It also helps balances out your left and right brain hemispheres. The right-brain hemisphere governs our female, creative, intuitive, qualitative, and nurturing traits and thinking patterns. The left-brain hemisphere governs our male, intellectual, quantitative, and analytical capabilities and thinking patterns.  Try out: Alternate Nostril Breathing

2 Ocean Breath (Ujayii) this breathing technique is energizing and extremely calming. It is most commonly used during a yoga practice because it concentrates and directs the breath, providing more power and focus.  The Ocean Breath is extremely beneficial to the body because it oxygenates the brain, slows the breath, relaxes the body, helps build energy and maintains an increased pressure in the abdomen area to support the spine.  Try out: Ocean Breath

3 Bellow Breath: also known as Bhastrika- if you are feeling tired or depressed, this technique of breathing which forces inhalations and exhalations very quickly, will immediately begin to elevate your mood and cause a feeling of invigoration.  Try out: Bellow Breath

 

Note: If you have any medical conditions, are pregnant, or otherwise unsure of whether or not you should try these techniques, please consult a doctor before you do them.

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