Yoga breathing to beat the stress

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under featured, Yoga Tips

In today’s world, we all have a lot on our minds and we often feel overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whatever your reasons are to feel this way, fear and anxiety eventually leads to stress and it’s hard to be at your best under constant stress and pressure. Stress plays a big role in your general health, so it is extremely important to relax. By knowing this, why not learn today how to recognize and manage your stress levels so that you can go ahead in life and achieve your goals?

One way of doing so, is by the proactive of Yogic breathing exercises. These exercises offer you a way to manage your anxieties and live a more balanced live. A lot of Yoga students report the benefits of using the yoga breathing exercises when they feel overwhelmed or stress. This can be particularly useful for them in extreme stress situations like an exam. This can also be useful to you in your everyday life, before a supervision by your team manager or a meeting with new people.

You breath really is the essence of yoga as it’s your connection to life. This is an essential step into establishing control and balance over your emotions so you can get more out of your life.

The core of yoga is built on breathing practices called pranayama. If you want to reduce your stress levels, it is important you learn how to breath correctly and yoga can help you achieve that. The following yoga breathing exercises are among the most effective one and should bring you maximum benefit in releasing stress and tension. You don’t need any particular skill to practice them, they are fairly simple and can be practiced at any time of the day.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

This one can be practiced by lying down on your back(comfortable surface of course), sitting on a chair or even standing up and that’s why it makes that method easy to practice at any time. First, place one hand on your upper chest and the other hand on your belly. It is important to relax your belly and chest and keep your mouth closed for this technique to work properly so that you breathe in through the nose and feel your belly rising up, then the ribcage and finally the upper chest.  It is advised to practice around five to seven rounds of this exercise before opening your eyes. Then, be still for a few moments and then you’re ready to re-engage with your day!

Watch The Breath

While sitting comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of how you are breathing. It is important not to change the way or the speed at which you breathe, but to just be aware of the movement of air going through your nose. Then, allow your breath stabilize and continue to listen to your breath breath for a couple of minutes

It is more than natural to lose concentration with this exercise. It is totally normal, so simply start over again when this happen.

Lion Roar

To perform that one, you are free to either sit or stand, but scrunch your face up. Open your eyes, open your mouth, look upwards, stretch out your tongue and finalloy just roar like a lion! We don’t recommend this one at work, but repeat until you feel powerful, calm and under control.

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