3 Powerful Breathing Relaxation Techniques
One of the most powerful ways to relieve tension and bring peace into your being is with breathing relaxation techniques. Working with your breath is effective, convenient, and free. Let's explore how to use the breath to bring a state of deep relaxation, profound peace, and well being into the body.
Breathing is essential to life. We cannot exist without breathing. And yet, most of us do not know how to breathe correctly.
On this page you will learn the following 3 powerful breathing relaxation techniques:
Breathing is very unique in that, although automatic and outside of our conscious awareness, it can be controlled by intention. With the use of breathing relaxation techniques, you can gain control over this automatic process. By deepening and slowing down the breath, you will become more relaxed.
The Complete Breath
The complete breath is a technique that allows you to breathe with the whole of your lungs. The lungs stretch from the diaphragm (a dome shaped muscle at the bottom of the rib cage) up to the top of the chest. This technique utilizes the lungs to their full capacity, oxygenates the body, and activates the relaxation response.
The complete breath has 3 stages:
To breathe out - reverse the direction. This exercise requires gentle practice in order that the inhalation/exhalation will be smooth and balanced.
Abdominal or Diaphragmatic Breathing
This is the most natural breathing. Watching a baby breathing gives you an idea what is diaphragmatic breathing. It is deep and slow, rhythmic and relaxing.
Diaphragmatic breathing in combination with other relaxation techniques has been found to be effective in significantly reducing anxiety and high blood pressure. With breathing relaxation techniques, the body also removes waste products.
With diaphragmatic breathing you increase your awareness of your breathing patterns - balance your oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, normalize heart rate, reduce muscle tension. It is the easiest way to elicit the relaxation response.
Diaphragmatic breathing is the most powerful of all the breathing relaxation techniques. Lean how to practice this breathing relaxation technique.
Alternate Nostril Breath
Alternate nostril breath is a technique used to balance, relax, and energize the whole body system. As you consciously engage both nostrils, you assist your body to become more balanced. Yogis say that this breathing technique has the power to calm your mind and quiet down the nervous system.
Never strain yourself when practicing breathing relaxation techniques (or anything else for that matter!). Your breath is your friend. Remember to be gentle.
Other great relaxation techniques are:
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