Breath is one of our most powerful tools for connecting with ourselves and staying grounded when things feel overwhelming. Deep-breathing exercises have been proven to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve sleep. Mindful, deep breathing calms our bodies and minds, boosts creativity, and shifts our perspectives.
So take a deep breath and use these tips and practices to feel better today and get ready for your next chapter
Holding and releasing our breath creates more space.
Breathwork and Kundalini Teacher Vivian Rosenthal takes us through a 10-minute breathing exercise with powerful hold and release moments that help us reset body and mind.
Yoga instructor Danni Pomplum leads a short breath exercise we can do anywhere, anytime to help calm our central nervous system.
It only takes a minute to to reset with our breath.
Quick Tips On Breath
Sit comfortably, exhale completely, breathe in deeply through your nose, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Count your breaths to stay present and create a calm space for your breathing practice.
Inhale through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, and hold for four counts before repeating as many times as needed to feel calm, present, and connected to your breathing and the present moment.
Inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, for a count of eight. Repeat three or four times.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Sit comfortably and close your right nostril using your thumb. Inhale slowly through your left nostril for three counts. Switch your thumb to close your left nostril and exhale slowly through your right nostril. Repeat for up to five minutes.
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Laugh & Breathe
It may feel silly at first, but making ourselves laugh as a breathing exercise can help shift mood and mindset. Yoga instructor Jalisa Monroe walks (or laughs) us through it.
NYC-based yoga instructor Katharine Still walks us through a three-minute Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) practice that helps create balance in the body and mind.
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