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"Take your breathing to an even deeper level"

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Now that we have our basic Deep Breathing practice down, let’s step it up a little.

This first exercise is very effective in reducing acute anxiety and is appropriately called the Relaxing Breath (or 4-7-8) Exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth, and hold it there throughout the exercise. Start by closing your mouth and inhaling quietly through your nose for a count of 4. Then hold your breath for 7 and finally exhale completely through your mouth, around your tongue, making a whoosh sound, for 8. Repeat this breath cycle for a total of 4 breaths.

Our second exercise is an active diaphragmatic and loud one that is very invigorating called the Stimulating Breath (or Bellows Breath). With your mouth closed but relaxed, inhale and exhale very rapidly and shortly through your nose - we are going for 3 in and out breathes per second. Start with a 15 second cycle and breathe normally between cycles. You can increase your cycle by 5 seconds each time until you reach a full minute.

Happy breathing!

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