LEARNING TO BREATHE
Learning to breathe for relaxation can make such a difference to our lives. Abdominal breathing helps us relax both physically and mentally; it calms the mind, can lower blood pressure and generally help us see more clearly what is going on around us
HERE'S HOW TO DO IT
Simply get comfortable in any position and put your hands on your chest and stomach.
To maximize oxygen intake, it’s important to learn to breathe from your abdomen (“belly breathing”) rather than your chest. Focus on your breath until you feel your stomach rise and fall more dramatically than your chest with each inhalation and exhalation.
Breathe in through your nose, hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth. The time it takes to exhale should be about twice what it is to inhale. (Many suggest a 4:7:8 pattern – 4 to inhale, 7 to hold, and 8 to exhale.) Let go of other thoughts while you breathe.
Do 4-8 breath cycles 1-3 times every day.