Have you ever taken a moment to think about how your breath and body feel when you are relaxed as opposed to when you are stressed and tense? Next time you feel calm and relaxed, take note of how your body is feeling. Do you notice that your breath is slower and deeper? Without you even realizing it, those deeper breaths are sending signals to your brain to calm down and relax. In today’s post, we are going to be discussing a few excellent breathing exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine or whenever you are feeling stressed in order to bring your body and mind back to a state of peace. If you have any further questions or are interested in learning more about the power of breath, contact our yoga studio, The Hot Yoga Spot, today!
3 Beneficial Breathing Exercises to Bring Inner Peace
Deep Belly Breathing
Breathing deep from your belly is generally easy to do and very relaxing. Give this basic exercise a try anytime you need to relieve stress and bring back a sense of relaxation and inner peace.
Sit or lay down flat in a comfortable spot.
Place one hand on your belly just below your ribcage and the other hand on your chest.
Take a nice, deep breath in through your nose, letting your belly push your hand out. Your chest should stay put.
Breathe out through pursed lips, almost as if you were going to try and whistle. Feel the hand on your belly go back in and use it to push all of the air out of your body.
Repeat this sequence three to ten times, taking your time with each and every breath.
Take note of how you feel after performing this exercise.
The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is another great tactic to use when you are looking to relax your body and mind. This exercise can be performed either sitting, lying down, or standing.
To begin, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest, just like the way we did for the belly breathing exercise.
Take a deep, slow breath in from your belly and silently count to four as you breath in.
Hold your breath for seven seconds.
Breathe out slowly and completely for a count of eight seconds. Try and get all of the air out of your lungs on the eighth count.
Repeat this exercise three to seven times, or until you feel calm and peaceful.
Roll breathing is an exercise that helps you develop full use of your lungs while focusing on the rhythm of your breathing. This exercise can be performed in any position, but we recommend lying on your back with your knees bent to begin with.
Again, start this exercise by placing a hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Notice how your hands move as you breathe in and out.
Practice filling up your lower lungs by breathing so that your belly goes up when you inhale and your chest remains still. Be sure to always breathe in through your nose and breathe out with your mouth. Repeat this eight to ten times.
When you have done this eight to ten times, add in the second step — inhale first into your lower lungs as before, and then continue to inhale into your upper chest. Be sure to breathe slowly and regularly as you do this, and as you do so, your chest will rise and your belly will lower.
As you slowly exhale through your mouth, make a quiet whooshing sound as your belly and chest lower. Feel the tension leave your body as you become more and more relaxed.
Practice breathing like this for three to five minutes. Notice that the movement your body is making resembles the motion of rolling waves.
We hope these breathing exercises help you whenever you feel as though you need to bring back a sense of inner peace into your life, or just want to practice finding your zen, relaxing your body, and clearing your mind. If you have any further questions about breathing exercises and are interested in the beneficial pairing of breathing exercises and yoga, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our yoga studio, The Hot Yoga Spot, today. We look forward to chatting with you!